Sep 8, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT
The NFL’s Tennessee Titans will recognize former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt as an honorary “12th Titan” before the team kicks off its season opener against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
In addition, Titans’ owner Bud Adams will donate $25,000 to The Pat Summitt Foundation, which works to raise awareness and help to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.
“I am very thankful for the generous support of Mr. Bud Adams and the Tennessee Titans’ franchise,” Summitt said in a release. “My son, Tyler and I have enjoyed attending Tennessee Titans games and cheering for our home state football team. I am humbled and excited that the Tennessee Titans have joined our team in fighting Alzheimer’s disease through the The Pat Summitt Foundation.”
Summitt retired in April after 38 seasons with the Lady Vols, months after revealing that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
During her time with the team, Tennessee won eight national championships and 32 SEC tournament and regular season championships.
She amassed 1,098 wins in her career, making her the winningest coach in men’s or women’s NCAA basketball history.
Though she stepped down from her role as head coach, she remains head coach emeritus.
The Titans kick off against New England at 1 p.m. in Nashville.
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