Didinger: Why it's so hard to say goobye to Tommy McDonald

Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald died this week at 84, and Ray Didinger -- also in the Hall -- offers a poignant tribute to someone he considered more … much more … than a star football player.

Hall-of-Famer Tommy McDonald was such a marvelous wide receiver that Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi once said, "If I had 11 Tommy McDonalds I'd win a championship every year."

But Tommy McDonald was more than a terrific football player. He was a wonderful individual.

That's the inescapable conclusion after reading Hall-of-Fame writer Ray Didinger's poignant tribute to McDonald, who passed away this week at 84.

Didinger, who grew up in and around Philadelphia admiring … and then befriending … McDonald, became so close to the former receiver that he served as McDonald's presenter at Canton -- an induction where McDonald was so joyous that he threw his 25-pound bronzed bust in the air, turned on a radio and danced to disco music.

Honest.

Yes, Tommy McDonald was one-of-a-kind. He was also a treasure. And so is Didinger's eulogy, which you can ... and should … read here:

https://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/ray-didinger-a-farewell-to-my-hero

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