"Marshall went from the worst disaster in sports history to in the 1990s being the most winningest football team in the whole decade," he said. "And that's just amazing that they did that. And I really believe that they probably would not have done that without the crash and would not have been so successful. Marshall coming back like that was contagious. Even the school itself, I believe, became better academic-wise. If you can come back from this, you can come back from anything. You can excel in anything."