NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tommy Head spoke in a sad and resigned voice when describing the hours he spent Sunday with his ailing sister Pat Head Summitt.
“It is not good,” he told News 2. “She is not conversing, but we told her how deeply touching all the support is for the family.”
As a former Tennessee State Representative who was the head of the powerful House Finance Committee, the Clarksville area native is the second most famous member of the family behind his beloved iconic sister.
His sister, Pat, who is suffering from a form of Alzheimer’s, is the winningest coach in collegiate history with 1,098 victories, which is the most for either a women’s or men’s program.
The former lawmaker told News 2 all the coaches from U.T. went to see his sister Sunday, along with “maybe 50 former players who came from all over the country.”
The 71-year-old former lawmaker, who is the oldest of the Head children, said he was with his sister for about two hours Sunday.
He said he wants people to remember how “tough Pat is.”
Tommy Head said he proudly brought his sister to Tennessee’s Capitol Hill eight times–one for each of the national championships her teams won at Tennessee.
The last came in 2008, the same year her brother ended his 18-year tenure in the Tennessee House.
While telling News 2 he did not want to say much because, “it’s just tough to talk out,” the former representative managed a big laugh when asked if his sister, who was an All-American at U.T. ever beat him in a one on one pickup game.
“Maybe once when I had a broken leg in my 20,” he said while chuckling.
Words were also tough for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam who has long known Pat Summitt.
“My heart is heavy with a whole lot of Tennesseans,” he told reporters Monday. “We are just grateful about what Pat has meant and we are also appreciated she has called Tennessee home all this time.”
He then put into perspective the role the coach far beyond the sports world.
“I join every Tennessean in praying for Pat,” he added, ”When you think of a list of great Tennesseans over history…Pat is at the very top of that list.”
Late Monday afternoon Pat Summitt’s pastor said the family is no longer accepting anymore visitors.