Outside fans were lined up everywhere requesting autographs from players and ex-coaches and anyone they could. In a moment that should have been best remembered by the speeches that were given and the heart felt outpouring from friends of John Butler, I instead cannot clear my head of the total lack of respect Chargers fans showed.
It pains me to say that I am ashamed of every one of those fans.
John Butler took our team and brought it back to respectability in the league. There is still a ways to go but we are on our way up. For the wise choices he made and the fight he gave for the city of San Diego, he should be held in higher esteem.
As Marv Levy, a Hall of Fame Coach that took the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls with Butler, said, "What kind of a man is John Butler? John Butler lives on. His legacy inspires us."
The legacy John created here has just begun, yet we step on it like it is dirt.
I now say do what John would have done, my peace is said.
"Business as usual."
And another familiar saying that Marcellus Wiley gave us regarding the big man, "he would say, `It's going to be all right, just take the next step and fight with that courage.'"
The Chargers received permission from the NFL to wear a special patch on their jerseys to remember and honor John Butler.
Now that is the way to honor a man.
Denis Savage can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the following link: Denis Savage
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