Sal Aunese, T.C. McCartney Noted at 20th Anniversary
Sal Aunese, the Colorado quarterback who died of stomach cancer during what would have been his senior season, is being remembered this weekend on the 20th anniversary of his death. And a big part of that remembrance is T.C. McCartney, the LSU backup quarterback who is the son of Aunese and Kristy McCartney, daughter of then-Colorado coach Bill McCartney.
ESPN is running a series of pieces this weekend about Aunese, but it's T.C. McCartney who makes this story more than just an anniversary of a tragic death.
McCartney -- whose coach at LSU, Les Miles, was a Colorado assistant when Aunese played there -- views his own college football career as one that keeps his father's spirit alive.
"I think a lot of what keeps me going is continuing his legacy," T.C. McCartney said in a story by ESPN's Tom Friend. "Finishing what he started, that's what my whole football career, I've always thought about. He didn't get to see it through, so maybe I'll be able to get on the field and see it through one day."