Urban Meyer was amongst the chorus of people throughout sports who mourned the death of baseball icon Hank Aaron on Friday.

Meyer had a personal connection to Aaron from his baseball playing days with the Atlanta Braves.

Here’s the message Meyer sent out on Twitter:

Meyer played for a pair of Braves minor league affiliates from 1982-83, which explains the connection. According to a 2015 Washington Post article, Aaron was the Braves’ farm director at the time.

So when injuries and a .182 lifetime average caused the Braves to cut Meyer loose, it was Aaron who signed the paperwork.

Aaron is No. 2 all-time in baseball history with 755 home runs and No. 1 all-time in RBI with 2,297.

Things worked out for Meyer, who re-surfaced as a high school coach in 1985. By 1986 he was a graduate assistant at Ohio State, and the rest is history.

Last week, Meyer agreed to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.