Tennessee's Holly Warlick could 'see the love' at Pat Summitt memorial

Tennessee's Holly Warlick could 'see the love' at Pat Summitt memorial

Tennessee's Holly Warlick could 'see the love' at Pat Summitt memorial

Former players and staff members, her son, Tyler, and former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning were among those who shared memories and stories of college basketball's all-time winningest coach and a pioneer of the women's game on Thursday.

FILE - In this June 28, 2016, file photo, Teresa Olive, of Knoxville, Tenn., touches a statue of Pat Summitt as she pays her respects at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

"It is a rarity to attend a "Celebration of Life" service of someone who changed history", said former UT quarterback Peyton Manning, a two-time Super Bowl victor.

"She, like so many of Pat's former players, stayed in close contact with [Summitt]", Manning said of Holdsclaw.

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The Lady Vols coach won eight national championships and connected with Tennesseans from the Smokies to the Mississippi River by staying humble and committed to excellence. Summitt remains the Division I men's or women's leader in that category.

Robin Roberts, from ABC News, is serving as emcee for the service. "It wasn't a coach so you're now changing the management, the administration", said Cate. "She is an American cultural icon whose leadership reshaped the sports landscape for women".

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In light of Coach Summitt's untimely passing, the Liberty Park location means the bronze statute, which is almost complete, can be dedicated quickly to memorialize and honor Summitt's legacy. "To think that someone, all I've known my whole life is Pat Summitt". So let's not just celebrate her legacy. "How appropriate. Two words that describe her (so well): unbelievable". The Midstate community is invited to join hands with the Pat Head Summitt Project Committee and support this drive to create a lasting tribute to this truly inspirational woman.

Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster (l.) speaks with UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma before the ceremony.

. Also in attendance were current SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, former SEC commissioners Mike Slive and Roy Kramer, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, Duke football coach David Cutcliffe and former Tennessee football coaches Phillip Fulmer and Johnny Majors.

"I heard three words every single day of my life: 'I love you.' Every day. It was complete access is what we had with Pat", remembered Hudson.

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