A Life-Affirming Honor

Every, well, once-in-a-lifetime, something amazingly life-affirming rolls your way. It gives meaning to the countless hours, days, weeks, months and years we plug away doing what we’re doing to simply keep the train called life heading in the right direction. Earlier this month, Tufts University awarded me their highest athletic honor and it wasn’t for my otherwise average stint on the Jumbo varsity soccer team, rugby team or intramural fraternity basketball team over two decades ago. It was for what I have done since. After I broke my neck.

As the 2011 recipient of the Tufts Athletics Distinguished Achievement Award, I humbly join a few familiar Boston sports folks including Red Auerbach, Joan Benoit-Samuelson, Curt Gowdy, Johnny Kelly, Dave Cowens, Nancy Kerrigan, John Hannah, Gino Capeletti, Johnny Pesky, Bud Collins, Kristine Lilly, Dan Duquette, Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern, Robert Kraft, Don Megerle, Jen Toomey and Bobbi Gibb.

I’m humbled beyond belief and my life is, again, altered.

Here’s the video that introduced my keynote address to the homecoming athletic family.