Sports world remembers Rich Brenner

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The ACC and the Pettys are just some members of the sports world reacting to the death of FOX8′s longtime sports anchor and sports director Rich Brenner.

Kyle Petty, who covers NASCAR for Fox Sports and Speed, said Rich was a vocal advocate for Victory Junction, the charity for chronically ill children started after the death of Kyle’s son, Adam.

Petty also talked about Rich’s love for NASCAR in a statement Tuesday.

With his sharp wit and giving spirit, he brought profound awareness and a very personal interview style to the NASCAR industry. He was a continuous and steadfast presence in the Triad, as well as with the NASCAR family, for as long as I can remember. Rich loved NASCAR and we loved him back. We will miss him deeply.

ACC commissioner John Swofford talked about Rich’s legacy.

“He was truly one of the good guys out there–a tremendous pro at what he did, very empathetic person who cared greatly about the people around him, and that genuineness and that caring really personified him both in his personal life and his professional life,” Swofford said. “He always looked beyond the story itself as to how it affected people personally, and I think that’s why he was so special to so many people around the Atlantic Coast Conference.”

View our full coverage of Rich Brenner’s passing.