Missing former NFL player reunited with family - WKRN News 2

Missing former NFL player reunited with family

Posted: Updated: Sep 17, 2012 06:13 PM
David Hathcock, 69, went missing Sunday. David Hathcock, 69, went missing Sunday.
A picture of David Hathcock, 69, when he played in the NFL. A picture of David Hathcock, 69, when he played in the NFL.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A 69-year-old former pro-football player who went missing from his Old Hickory home Sunday was found unharmed and was reunited with his family Monday morning.

David Hathcock went missing after going for a walk after church around 1 p.m. and never returned to his home on Rolling Mill Road.

"He has never done anything like this before," Hathcock's son, Gary said. "It is very common for him to go walk after they went to church yesterday morning. [He] went for a walk and never came back."

The family was concerned because Hathcock underwent heart surgery earlier this year.

Authorities, non-aggressive K9 units and helicopters scoured surrounding areas to search for Hathcock with little success until Monday morning.

Around 9 a.m. Monday, a Nashville's News 2 viewer spotted a man matching Hathcock's description standing under a railroad bridge along Lebanon Road near Highway 109 in Lebanon.

The viewer flagged down a Wilson County deputy who found Hathcock completely dry and healthy. 

One of his son's came to retrieve him shortly after he was found and he was reunited with his family just after 9:30 a.m.

The Hathcock family was very happy to have him home but did not offer any explanations about his disappearance.

Hathcock told the deputy who found him that he was just trying to make it to the Kubota Tractor dealership where he normally does business.

Hathcock reportedly played football at what is now the University of Memphis before joining the Green Bay Packers in 1966, when the team won the NFL title.  He later played for the New York Giants.

Hathcock is now active in charity work with other retired NFL players.

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