By CLINT FOSTER
The Dallas-Fort Worth sports world suffered a devastating loss Tuesday with the sudden passing of Richard Durrett. He was only 38.
Locals will remember Richard as the Texas Rangers' beat writer for ESPN Dallas – a job he performed with outstanding skill and dedication. But he was so much more than that.
Richard was a devoted father, husband and Christian. He was truly one of the kindest, most endearing individuals you would ever meet, who took a genuine interest in every person he came in contact with.
The DFW sports media has been littered with kind words, tributes and stories about Richard and every word is true.
To me, he was a treasured mentor and friend to whom I owe my career.
When I first met Richard, I was about halfway through my time as a broadcast journalism student at TCU and, frankly, was beginning to wonder if I was in the right field. I knew I had a passion for sports and entertaining, but let's just say after "passing" my first few journalism classes I wasn't sure if I actually had the ability to be a sports writer.
As an adjunct professor in one of my classes at his alma mater, Richard not only encouraged me, having only just met me, he believed in me and set me down a path to success in the business.
While I was wondering if I should even focus on writing, Richard suggested I apply for an internship with ESPN Dallas. When I got the job, I was both ecstatic and a bit stunned. What followed was one of the most memorable summers of my entire life under Richard's tutelage.
I spent virtually every day during the summer of 2012 with Richard, my fellow interns and Mike Peasley at the Ballpark in Arlington, with the exception of a few special assignments.