Kansas City Chiefs coach Deland McCullough was shocked to discover his long-lost father is the man who has been his fellow coach and mentor for nearly three decades and in July a huge family reunion was held to celebrate.
McCullough always knew he was adopted and last year began searching for his biological father, not expecting the journey to lead him right back to the sports field and to Sherman Smith, the former running backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN reported.
As a father of four, McCullough started taking an interest in his biological parents when his first child was born and went about filling in the requisite paperwork to receive his adoption forms, which finally arrived last November.
His biological mother’s information was contained within the forms but no mention was made of his father.
McCullough reached out to his mother, Carol Briggs, through Facebook and the two arranged to chat over the phone.
When they spoke, it was as if they had known each other for years, and McCullough learned that his biological mother was 16-years-old when she gave birth to him in 1972, but had to give him up for adoption.
She never told the biological father, who was a one-night fling and had gone off to college in the meantime, but she gave his name to McCullough.
The coach was taken aback to discover that his biological father was the man he had worked alongside for 28 years and who he had known since high school.
People had remarked that the two looked alike but they had both always dismissed it, but it all made sense now.
McCullough arranged to meet with Smith in November, where he shared the news with his co-worker.
At first the 63-year-old, who has a son and daughter with his wife of 42 years, did not know how to respond but he soon warmed to the idea.
“When I look at Deland, the type of guy he is, it was a gift to us,” Smith told ESPN. “And to think -- Deland felt we were a gift to him.”
It has been a month of heartwarming reunions, with two Wisconsin co-workers having also recently discovered that they were father and son.
Nathan Boos and Bob Degaro, both truck drivers, had been colleagues at Rock Solid Transport for two years and when Boos began to search for his biological father, he soon discovered that he shared more than a work place with Degaro, WLAX-TV reported.
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