Renaldo Woolridge, the son of recently passed ex-Notre Dame and NBA standout Orlando Woolridge, has made a tribute rap song that’s dedicated to his father.
The younger Woolridge, known by his rap moniker, Swiperboy, provided some stirring lyrics about his father in a song entitled “Big O Salute.” Renaldo Woolridge, for his part, spent four years at Tennessee but has transferred to USC, where he will play next season.
In the tribute song, he provided the following lyrics as part of the song that remembered Orlando Woolridge both as a father and pioneer on the basketball court, where he was a high-flying dunk artist:
“I know it’s getting hard to see his presence from afar, but see I know that he’s a part of me. God’s looking after him. I know he’s got my back again. Looking in the rearview like a car that’s backing in. S-B. I be hooping, I be rapping. Got my music from my mom and from my dad I can attack the rim.”
Check the video of the song below, which is accompanied by the elder Woolridge’s basketball highlights – including running alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls and Magic Johnson with the Los Angeles Lakers.
A Louisiana native, the elder Woolridge starred at Notre Dame, where he was a member of the 1978 Final Four team and earned Second Team All-American honors as a senior in 1981. He was the sixth overall pick in the 1981 draft by the Bulls.
Woolridge may be best remembered for being suspended by the league for substance-abuse issues during the 1987-88 season. He also was arrested in March for reportedly stealing aluminum tubes from a drill site in Louisiana – just about three months before his passing.
But Renaldo Woolridge, no where near the player his father was, helps us remember Orlando’s good times. Orlando Woolridge profile