Mike Heimerdinger tribute under way

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- It’s blazing hot in the Nashville area. We could have a record high today.

Nevertheless, NFL royalty including Mike Shanahan, Jeff Fisher, Gary Kubiak and Jay Cutler have gathered here to play a round of golf to help raise money for a cause very dear to them.

The Drive for Dinger, organized by Mike Heimerdinger’s wife and two children, aims to raise money for a foundation in his name. Heimerdinger worked as an assistant for Denver, Tennessee and the Jets. He was diagnosed with cancer during the 2010 season and died Sept. 30, 2011.

His family is now trying to do good work in his name, including providing meals with specific nutritional needs tailored to cancer patients to take one worry away from them and their families.

More broadly, they say this:

"Our Mission: To enable families affected by cancer to have the necessary information, patient support, and financial resources to seek out effective treatment options."

I was happy to be at last night’s great dinner and silent auction and I’m equally pleased to sweat through a round today to help the cause -- we’re teeing off as this post publishes.

I covered two offensive coordinator stints for Heimerdinger with the Titans, and I loved his style: no nonsense, no sugar-coating, no holding back.

Here’s the remembrance I wrote about him after he passed away last fall.

On The Midday 180 today I've been part of interviews with Kubiak, Fisher, Shanahan and Dave McGinnis (now one of Fisher's chief lieutenants in St. Louis), who talked about Heimerdinger. And more.

They'll be posted here in short order.