On Sept. 17, Dom Tiberi, longtime sports director and anchor at CBS affiliate WBNS-TV, unexpectedly lost his 21-year-old daughter, Maria, in a car accident.
"It’s never going to be the same; a little piece of me died,” Tiberi said Friday, as he made an emotional return to the WBNS sports desk in Columbus, Ohio.
Expressing his gratitude to colleagues and supporters for their encouragement, he added: "We’re going to try to make a positive out of this... Thanks for sticking with me.”
The very next day, after the Ohio State University football team beat the University of Wisconsin-Madison at Ohio Stadium, his home team showed Tiberi that they're indeed sticking with him: They lined up after the game to envelop the grieving anchor in bear hug after bear hug.
"Whoa," Tiberi says to the camera, his voice catching, as the last few members of the Buckeyes walk off to the locker room. "That was amazing."
Tiberi's daughter had been a student at OSU. A few days after her death, more than 100,000 Buckeye fans stood in silence in her honor before a game at Ohio Stadium, WBNS reports .
Watch the Buckeyes welcoming Tiberi back to the Ohio Stadium in the video above. It's heartbreakingly bittersweet, so you might want some tissues.