Former Lady Vols Comment on Pat Summitt

Below are statements from former University of Tennessee players in the WNBA regarding Tuesday�s news on Lady Vols women�s basketball coach Pat Summitt:

Tamika Catchings

�I'm definitely shocked to hear the news, but knowing Pat she will get through this, and WE will all stand by her side through this. She'll face yet another obstacle with determination and will power to live life to the fullest!�

�Pat has and will continue to be a solid rock for me. Having had the opportunity to play for her and develop a close family relationship I know that no matter what I can always rely on Pat to be there for me and to help me through any and every situation. Just like she's always been a fighter on the court, her passion and dedication both on and off has been an example for me along my journey in life.�

Candace Parker

"Coach Summitt you never cease to amaze me with your strength and courage. Whenever you face adversity you tackle it head on! True inspiration for me and one of the strongest women I know. I love you and we will handle this together as the Lady Vols always have, like FAMILY."

Kara Lawson

"Coach Summitt has an incredible passion for basketball and an incredible passion for life. She has been, and will continue to be, a mentor and a major influence in my life. As heartbreaking as the day has been for myself, the fans, and all those associated with the Lady Vol program, we can take comfort in knowing that this disease has never crossed a person like Coach Summitt before. We can take comfort in knowing Coach Summitt will continue to lead, pioneer, and be a role model for all of us."

"My sincere love and prayers go to Pat, Tyler, and their entire family."

Shyra Ely

"Thoughts, LOVE, and prayers go out to Coach Pat Summitt and her family, as well as the entire Lady Vol family. We all know what a fighter she is. Lift her up...she will continue to be the best!! Love always!"

Ashley Robinson

"God Bless Coach! Through any adversity she meets it head on and punches it right in the face! I know she will do the same in this situation!!"