A few days after Brendan came out to his father, in late December 2007, Brian told him, "You know the best part? I don't have to take anything back." Burke says he never told his children there was anything wrong with homosexuality.And this from a man with such a tough guy image. Brendan was very lucky to have him as a father. You'll see more later why this is true.
Burke is honoring his son in Vancouver, where Brendan was born, at the Winter Olympics, where Burke also serves as general manager for team USA.
What an amazing difference one mans actions had on the world around him. Brendan seemed to bring out the best in everyone...even in those who only read about him in the news. Such was the magnatism of his heart and his life. I know that Brendans father is going through an unimaginable grief.....but I can't think of how the world would continue to be if he hadn't been as couragous as he was. He changed the heart of one of hockey's gruffest individuals...his father....and in doing so made a bigger impact on the world. And I suspect Brendan Burke's story is yet to be over....great spirits like his always live on. And like all spirits who burn so brightly, they leave a little bit of themselves in those they have touched. Now the torch passes from the son to the father.
Please check out Sports Illustrated's original article here to learn more about Brendan Burke's story.