Thursday, October 29, 2009

Toby Keith's Moving Tribute To Basketball Legend Wayman Tisdale

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In my opinion, Wayman Tisdale was the greatest collegiate basketball player to ever play for the University of Oklahoma. He was the first player ever be named to the All-American team by the A.P. in his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He also had a very successful 12-year professional career. In addition to basketball, Wayman was an accomplished jazz bass player who recorded eight albums, with the 2001 release Face to Face going all the way to No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart.

Unfortunately, Tisdale was diagnosed with cancer in his knee and it was eventually amputated, but he never let the loss of his leg get him down. He was fitted with a prosthesis, and it only took him about one month to be acclimated to the leg. (It normally takes up to six months for normal amputees to become acclimated.)

Tragically, when it appeared he was going to make a full recovery, his life was cut way too short this past May at the tender age of 44. His friend Toby Keith dedicated his latest album American Ride in his honor, and wrote the song Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song) as a tribute to Tisdale. The video below features the song, and the official music video will go live here on Monday morning, November 2, 2009. Please bookmark this page and return on Monday to watch this moving video. Enjoy!

P.S. For more about this incredible man, visit, and if you'd like to download the MP3, you can get it here.

If you missed yesterday's videos, here's what you missed:

A look back at Alan Jackson's Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning
Video of Montgomery Gentry Being Inducted Into The Grand Ole Opry

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