Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) — A family member of former Auburn Coach Pat Dye said they didn’t know their prayer request would “go viral.”
The family member who didn’t want their name used in the story said, “all I want is prayer.” They confirmed the information published in a widely-circulated newsletter from Toccoa First United Methodist Church.
It was titled “Lifting Up Pat Dye” and meant for members of the church to pray for the longtime football coach as he battled kidney issues and a recent COVID-19 diagnosis. That request popped up late Wednesday afternoon on the Mobile Auburn Club Facebook page and began to trickle out.
The family member who spoke with CBS 42 said those in the Opelika area know Pat Dye has been in and out of the hospital for ongoing kidney problems and although he tested positive for COVID-19 previously, he was currently asymptomatic. The family said Dye’s kidneys are creating the main health issue right now, which is why they were asking for prayer from their church.
The family member didn’t know it had been shared beyond the church until her phone rang Wednesday night.
Pat Dye is a giant of college football whose 11 years as head coach at Auburn University is legendary.
“He is a very loved member of the community because of his ties to Auburn University,” said Natalie Merrithew, a secretary at Toccoa First United Methodist who originally sent out the newsletter prayer request to members of their church.