Pat Summitt Statue Unveiled at University of Tennessee

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Monday, 25 Nov 2013 11:01 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt joined more than 1,000 fans Friday for the unveiling of her statue at the university's campus.

The statue, located across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena at the new Pat Summitt Plaza, was viewed by fans and dozens of the Summitt's former players, according to the Associated Press. 

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The winningest Division I basketball coach in history said her success should be shared with those connected with the program.

"I just want everybody to know that for me, today, it's not about me," Summitt told the audience on Friday. "It's about everyone out here that loves the University of Tennessee. We just hope and pray that we can continue to do good things. Tyler has been a rock for me, and I appreciate him for that. I want everybody to know how much I appreciate what's happened here today. I don't think I'll ever forget it, and I love you all."

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Summitt was joined during the unveiling by her son, chancellor Jimmy Cheek and athletic director Dave Hart. 

"It's just an incredible moment," Tyler Summitt said. "I think what made it that is that all these people were here throughout Mom's history and the present. She'll be the first to tell you that it's always about others."

All the players who completed their playing eligibility earned their college degrees as well.

"When you look at all of us and all the things we've been able to accomplish not only on the basketball court, but even off the court, we've got coaches, we've got entrepreneurs, we've got mothers, a little bit of everything," said former player Tamika Catchings, according to the Associated Press.

Catchings, a player for the WNBA's Indiana Fever was that league's most valuable player in 2011.

"We learned (from Summitt) what it takes to be a leader, what it takes to be a great woman, what it takes to be a great lady, what it takes to have character, what it takes to have poise, how not to buckle under adversity," Catchings added.

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