"If he tried to hide it," Pruett said, "it would ooze out."
Rich knew that, if Rembert said he would do something, it would get done. He worked with Rich's agency, helping clients with life and injury insurance and other health and employment benefits. Rembert had an office in Huntington, attorney Kerry A. Nessel said.
Rembert worked for Nessel as a paralegal for three years after he graduated, and the two had known each other since Rembert was a Marshall sophomore. Nessel considered Rembert a little brother to him and a big brother to his son Quin.
"When we'd see each other, we'd hug at the beginning and when we left, we'd hug at the end," Nessel said. "He's one of the sweetest men I've ever met."
Rembert stayed close to the Marshall program. MU Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said Rembert could be seen at games, around the Marshall facilities and visiting practices. He hosted the Johnathan Goddard Memorial Golf Tournament, named for Rembert's former Herd teammate, who played for the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts before dying in a 2008 motorcycle crash.
Even after his playing days ended, Rembert never stopped being a part of the Huntington community, Hamrick said.
"When you talk about J.T. Rembert, one word comes to mind - class," he said. "He's a class guy."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.