Darian Daily, head sports field manager at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (home of the Bengals), passed away Saturday at age 47.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Daily suffered a medical emergency that occurred while painting a football field at Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio.
Daily, a native of Dickson, Tennessee, had been with the Bengals since 2003 and was also a full-time employee with Hamilton County in Ohio.
“The news of Darian’s passing is tragic to the entire Bengals organization, and also I know to his colleagues with Hamilton County,” Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said in a statement. “Darian was not only a very hard worker, someone who had earned high honors for his work, he was a great individual – enthusiastic, helpful, fun to be around. He will be missed in a very personal sense as well as a professional one. Our sympathy goes out to Darian’s family and to his many friends.”
Daily is survived by his wife of 17 years, Carole Hopkins Daily, and his two children: Peyton Elizabeth Daily and William Thomas Daily.
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Daily began his career on the grounds crew of the Single-A Winston-Salem Spirits. He later served as the Director of Stadium Grounds for the Columbus Crew, of Major League Soccer. Daily was a former Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) board member and was the recipient of the Dick Ericson Founders Award in 2011, for his expertise at Paul Brown Stadium. He took over head field manager duties at Paul Brown Stadium from Doug Bradley, the stadium’s original groundskeeper.
He was also a member of the Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association, the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and the NFL’s Safety Commitee.
Daily’s colleagues and friends took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness of his death:
— Brandon Horvath (@UTTurfPath) August 28, 2016
— Lake County Captains (@LCCaptains) August 30, 2016
— Mary Helen Sprecher (@MHSprecher) August 30, 2016
— Gerry Hackett (@CovermasterGH) August 29, 2016
Deepest condolences go out to Darian Daily’s family & friends. As 1st Dir. of Stadium Grounds @MAPFREStadium, he kept our home beautiful.
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) August 29, 2016
— Will Lairamore (@WcLairamore) August 28, 2016
— Bryan Vice (@bryan_vice) August 28, 2016
— Prasco Groundscrew (@PPGroundscrew) August 28, 2016
— Tyler Cornish (@cornish16) August 28, 2016
— Wes Ganobcik (@ganobleberries) August 28, 2016
— zach van voorhees (@zachvanvoorhees) August 28, 2016
— Dan Francis (@francisdmarion) August 28, 2016
goosebumps as SNF shared the news about PBS groundskeeper darian daily. i worked with him when we were both with the columbus crew. ♥️
— tabitha kunsman (@fabulouslytabs) August 29, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Darian Daily. A dear friend that will be missed by all. More info to follow
— KTC (@kyturfcouncil) August 28, 2016
— Chad Price (@CgcChad) August 28, 2016
— Stephen Lord (@TurfSpartanLord) August 28, 2016
Just hearing that Bengals groundskeeper Darian Daily (@WhoDeyTurf) passed this wknd. That hurts. Wonderful, selfless man I was proud to know
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) August 28, 2016
— STMA (@FieldExperts) August 29, 2016
— Kareem Elgazzar (@ElgazzarBLVD) August 28, 2016
Darian Daily @WhoDeyTurf will be missed by all who knew him. He was a great human being. May he rest in peace.
— Dale Getz (@GetzDale) August 28, 2016
— Houston Crawford (@htown) August 28, 2016
Darian is an irreplaceable man. We will all miss him tremendously. Thank you for all the kind notes and support. Please pray for his family.
— Brett Tanner (@PBSTurf) August 28, 2016