Standing in the Shadow
Coach John Wheelock barked at us. "Okay Guys, drop down and give me
I thought, "Oh man this is tough." as I dropped down on the old sticker patch that served
as our 7th grade practice football field in Canyon, Texas. I could hear big Birch Campbell
holler back, "Oh no, coach, not six push-ups."
I thought, "Terry will never be able to do this." But he did. not only in John Wheelock's seventh
grade football team did he follow in my footsteps, but in amateur wrestling, high school football,
college football, pro wrestling and even on to becoming the only ever younger brother of a
champion to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. I have often thought how
proud my father would have been were he to have been here to see Terry defeating Jack Brisco
in Miami, Florida to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
I had the opportunity to tell Terry just how I felt at NWA Legends Fanfest in Atlanta, Georgia
over the weekend.
Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk with Joe Pedicino and Bonnie Blackstone