Thursday, October 10, 2013
Death of a writer touches Ray Horton
By Pat McManamon
Jack Ryan had a fan in Cleveland.
Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton took a moment from his football duties to say how saddened he was at the death of author Tom Clancy, who made uber-special government and international analyst Jack Ryan into a bit of a cult hero, starting with the "The Hunt for Red October" -- the story of a Russian submarine captain who guided a super-secret nuclear sub to U.S. waters so he could defect.
Ryan saved many a day -- including the Queen of England in "Patriot Games" -- and evidently Clancy saved Horton from many a boring night.
"It was a sad day for me last week because Tom Clancy passed away," Horton said of Clancy, who died Oct. 1 after writing more than two dozen books, 17 of which wound up on the New York Times bestseller list. "The mind games that he played with you as a reader to get you some place, I just wanted to pass on my condolences."
It was a rare admission by an NFL coach. Many often are consumed with team and filmwork. Horton evidently is a reader.
One who like to cheat at that.
"I loved," Horton said, "how he would be weaving tales to try to get you to the end.