Remembering Dean Weber, whose influence on Arkansas sports spread far and wide

Arkansas trainer Dean Weber checks an X-ray during a practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, in Fayetteville. (Andy Shupe/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

FAYETTEVILLE — The loss of beloved long-time athletic trainer Dean Weber hit hard for thousands of University of Arkansas athletes, coaches and staff members who made his acquaintance for the past 50 years.