If you have read my column over the years then know that one of my favorite people to interview is CBS golf (and sometime football sideline) analyst David Feherty. He is funny, insightful and in many cases inspiring.
Saturday at 2p.m. before the networks coverage of the AT&T tournament he will host GOLF MAGAZINE PRESENTS DAVID FEHERTY’S AMERICAN JOURNEY. It is the eve of Feherty’s first 4th of July as a new American citizen and the program features interviews with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, No. 1 NFL draft pick Sam Bradford, Charles Kelley from the chart topping band Lady Antebellum and hot young golfer Anthony Kim .
I spoke to Feherty about the show and his tireless work on behalf of men and women of the Armed Forces.
JW: What do you want viewers to take from the show?
Fehery:”Each of these people fought adversity to become successful people. Kim grew up in the inner city part of Dallas and was able to avoid being a gang member and went on to become one of the best young golfers on the PGA Tour. You have Bradford, who frankly could be a great golfer, and is a brilliant young man who starred as a quarterback at Oklahoma and was able to stay level headed while becoming the top target in the NFL Draft by the Rams. I was very impressed by former Secretary of State [Condoleezza] Rice, who grew up in Alabama and overcame the odds, to be able to graduate from Stanford and have a career that included be a close advisor to the President to the United States. She is a very special person and I loved my time with her. Lady Antebellum’s[ Charles] Kelly is a guy who was rejected by American Idol and told he could not sing yet he never gave up and now his group is at the top of the charts. What impressed me about each of these people was that they never quit, that they did not take no for an answer and that they pursued the American Dream with gusto and I think that on this special weekend that each one has a special story to tell.”
JW: How about you and your love of the troops. You once told me you became a US citizen so you could call them your troops.
Fehery:”The many trips that I have made to bases overseas and here in the United States have been just amazing. I have gotten to know some of the most courageous, inspiring and some the best and the brightest young American men and women. We are so lucky in this country to have these people giving their lives and limbs for us. I really just hope that people take time out this weekend and give thanks for these people who serve in our Armed Services. I want young people to know that it is cool to be a soldier and that as a new American I now am so very proud to call them my troops.”
As many of you know Feherty hosts six veterans’ outings a year. These days include cycling, hunting, and golf and help those who have been wounded get active again. He’s presented at the annual USO National Gala and fund raiser for the Troops First Foundation. Several wounded soldiers from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Brooke Army Medical Center attended his naturalization ceremony which took place on February 23, 2010.
I am proud to be able to call David Feherty a fellow American because of all the wonderful things that he does for our troops.
CBS will have Saturday and Saturday and Sunday coverage of the AT&T National starting at 3p.m.
Jim Nantz, will handle the play by play and serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.