NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Former Vanderbilt head football coach George “Mac” MacIntyre was laid to rest Saturday afternoon.
Dozens came to Forrest Hills Baptist Church to honor the life and legacy of MacIntyre, who was known as “Coach” by most.
While there were some tears, the church filled more with laughter as family and friends shared personal stories of Coach Mac.
“So as a little guy we used to wait for Coach to come home, because we like to wrestle him. He would get home late from coaching and we would wrestle him dead
and Mrs. Betty would fuss at us because she said she bruised easy if we hit her leg,” his son Matt MacIntyre reflected from the podium.
Betty his high school sweetheart and wife of more than 50 years wasn’t able to attend the celebration, but dozens of players whose life Coach touched came to show their respects.
“The biggest thing he left for me was when I was inducted into the hall of fame and he was there,” UT Martin former quarterback Alvin Smalls told News 2.
MacIntyre had a long accomplished coaching career. He coached the ‘dores from 1979 to 1985. In 1982, he was named “Coach” of the year, his team played in the hall of fame bowl that year.
MacIntyre was the head coach at UT Martin before taking the Vanderbilt job.
“We loved him. We loved him very much and we are going to miss him,” James Collins UT Martin’s former Defensive Back expressed.
Loved ones described MacIntyre as having a quiet confidence and a sweet innocence.
“He truly loved other people more than he loved himself,” his son Mike MacIntyre shared with the crowd.
“Growing up you had heroes, my hero lived in my house and that was pretty neat for your dad and hero to be the same person,” his son Matt said with tears in his eyes.
MacIntyre was 76. He died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and several grandchildren.