By John Glennon
The tears began to flow within seconds of the Titans’ call to Dillon Radunz on draft night.
In that sense, it mirrored the experience of top NFL prospects and their families all across the country, where pent-up joy and relief poured out when the big moment arrived.
But mixed in with the elation at the Radunz household in Becker, Minn., was also a sadness, an understanding there was a hole in the family gathering. This was not new, of course, as Jeff Radunz – Dillon’s father – had died following a battle with alcoholism more than a decade ago.
Still, how could his presence not be felt at a time like this?
It was Jeff Radunz, a former college player himself, who moved the family to Becker when his kids were young, in large part because he wanted his boys – Dillon and younger brother Nick – to grow up in a strong, tight-knit football community.
It was Jeff Radunz who coached Dillon’s sixth-grade football team, a video of Jeff beaming following his son’s big pancake block still a part of family legend.
And of course, it was Jeff Radunz whose death inspired the tattoos on Dillon’s right arm, a . . .
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