Tim Polzer
Thursday April 11th, 2013

Spring Dekaney football coach Willie Amendola is struck by a golf cart at Cowboys Stadium in 2011. (YouTube) Spring Dekaney football coach Willie Amendola -- father of Patriots receiver Danny Amendola -- is struck by a golf cart at Cowboys Stadium in 2011. (YouTube)

The father of New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is suing Cowboys Stadium for injuries and "great personal embarrassment" in an incident involving a runaway golf cart and the 2011 Texas high school football championships, according to CourthouseNews.

William Amendola, head coach of Spring Dekaney High School, was celebrating his team's victory in the 2011 Class 5A Division II state final when an unmanned golf cart with a field marker jammed against the accelerator collided with him on the Cowboys Stadium field.

The video of the cart upending Amendola and carrying him for several seconds attracted big views on YouTube, embarrassing Amendola and his wife according to the lawsuit.

After falling off the cart, Amendola gathered himself to do on-field television interviews and returned to the Houston area with his team. His attorney released a statement saying Amendola sustained injuries significant enough to require serious back surgery.

Amendola and his wife are seeking more than $1 million.

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