Lady Vols coaching legend Pat Summitt received a touching tribute at the ESPYS Wednesday evening. She was featured in an "In Memoriam" montage of sports legends who died in the past year.
Former tennis player Billie Jean King walked on the stage and reflected on Summitt's legacy.
"With Coach Pat Summitt, it's what she did for basketball, sports, and all of us that was most important," King said. "As one of her players said, 'She was our coach, our role model, our mentor, our friend, and our superhero.'"
Both King and Summitt are former winners of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. King won it in 1999 for her influence on social change; Summitt won it in 2012 for her battle against early-onset Alzheimer's.
"Every player she ever coached who finished her eligibility at Tennessee graduated," King said to waves of applause. "Coach Summitt was taken from us way too soon."
Summitt won eight national titles and 1098 games total as coach of the Lady Vols, more total wins than any other coach in the history of Division I basketball.