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.
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: