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Friends to the end

Despite different lifestyle, country star and football coach have bond

Updated: July 31, 2012, 4:14 PM ET
By Carter Strickland | HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- This last time Coach came to Willie.

The music drew him in. Just like that first time.

It's been 60 years since that first time back in the old City Coliseum on the south side of Town Lake. Darrell Royal, anonymous then with all the wins still to come, finding a seat in the back, remembering finding himself in the words. Willie Nelson, no red-headed stranger, not for years yet, on stage, finding his voice, tuning his stories.

Both there for the moment. That ...

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