All three head coaches, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Virginia's Mike London and Indiana's Bill Lynch (since fired), attended the memorial. For good measure, London brought most of the Cavaliers' team. Andrew, Colter and Paul each spoke, and all later agreed that they'd learned a lot about their father, just from talking to his old friends. "He'd probably be a little angry," Colter observed with a grin, "hearing some of the stories from his buddies from when he was single and working on the Hill."
Colter ended his tribute with a rousing "Go 'Hoos!"—short for "Wahoos." (Harbaugh would later ask, "What does that mean?") Paul got big laughs during his remembrance as he recounted one of his father's distinctive habits:
"He always said, 'I love you' at the end of every text [message], almost like it was pasted in, part of his signature.
"Hey, what's going on? Love you, Dad.
"Good game! Love you, Dad.
"Where the HELL are you? I've called you 10 times! Love you, Dad."
Deeply impressed by the memorial, Harbaugh made a decision on the flight back to the Bay Area. The 2010 Cardinal would dedicate the upcoming season to their families. Before every practice and home game of Stanford's finest season ever, the team filed past a board in the locker room festooned with family pictures of the 107 players and 28 coaches and other staff members.
Harbaugh returned to campus with an assignment for each player. "Each guy wrote a letter to their mom and dad, telling them how much they appreciate them." The idea, he says, "is to include them in the season as much as possible."
This is a big day!" announced Janet on Nov. 17. As of that Wednesday, Willy was out of his wheelchair, hobbling around the house in a rigid plastic boot. He's putting in half days at school; the ankle still hurts too much to stay a full day, and he must undergo physical therapy. Sitting in his Washington Redskins pajamas on the living room sofa, he's not ready to talk about the moment when he came to inside the plane and realized that his father was gone.
He was thrown from the second row of seats into the cockpit. No one else could move. Climbing out through the smashed windshield, he exited the plane and reentered through the rear of the aircraft to clear debris and assist the survivors.