On Saturday June 21, 2014, we will continue our tribute to Eldridge "The Lord's Prayer" Dickey. His daughter, Shaunn Casselle, along with her mother, LaCanas Casselle who was Dickey's college sweetheart and wife, will share about Eldridge Dickey, the family man and his life as a college athlete at Tennessee State University (TSU) and life in the NFL. Many of their personal stories have not been shared with the media."In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage — to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness."
"In every conceivable manner, family is the link to our past, bridge to our future."
|The Casselle Family photos of life with Eldridge Dickey; husband, dad, brother-in-law, uncle, son-in-law|
|LaCanas Casselle's TSU Campus Sweetheart photo '64|
|Shaunn Casselle with her Aunt, Ramona (Cheerleader); her dad, Eldridge Dickey; her uncle,William Casselle (TSU Swim team); and her cousin, Dwann, wearing Dickey's jersey number.|
|Shaunn Casselle with the TN Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees|
|Shaunn wearing Eldridge Dickey's Black College Hall of Fame Ring|
|Howard Gentry seeing a photo of his father and mother with Shaunn Casselle for the first time.|
|LaCanas Casselle reminiscing with NFL Legend Claude Humphrey|
|Carrie Gentry having a moment with her former TSU majorette and mentee.|
More About Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, a non-profit 501c3, was founded by a group known as the Middle Tennessee Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. Its early growth was due largely to three of the founders: С. Е. Jackson Jr., Charlie Sons, and the Rev. A. Richard Smith. The late Bernie Moore, retired commissioner of the SEC, and the late Bishop Frank Julian guided the fledgling Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in its struggle for recognition. In 1966, the prep sportswriters and sportscasters spent their last $300 to finance the first banquet. The State Legislature, under the leadership of Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh and Lieutenant Governor John Wilder along with Representative Bill Purcell and Senator Robert Rochelle, passed legislation in 1994 to officially create the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The legislation passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate of the 98th General Assembly. Very seldom in the history in the state of Tennessee has a piece of legislation ever passed unanimously or as quickly as the “Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Act of 1994.” The creation of the Act began a new era in the history of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. A new Board was founded composed of 25 Tennessee citizens, eight each appointed by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House; the 25th member of the Board is the State Treasurer or his designee. No more than eight of the appointed members shall reside in a grand division of the state. The organizers of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame are grateful to their sponsors for making the commemoration possible; to the citizens of Tennessee, whose enthusiasm has driven the event forward; to the many who have brought wonderful individuals to the attention of the selection committee; and, of course, to the inductees, who have contributed immeasurably to their teams and their communities.
Previous show on Eldridge Dickey can be found here.
Photo credits: TN Sports Hall of Fame, The Casselle Family
Quote: Alex Haley