College football is no stranger to hostility among patrons. Vandalism, physical altercations, and even the dirtiest trash talk have been a staple of the beloved sport since it was first played hundreds of years ago.
But today, the college football world was rocked by the untimely deaths of two Georgia men, and all the little jabs, memes and jibes were silenced.Offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiter Chandler LeCroy were tragically killed in a car accident early Sunday morning, just 2 hours after celebrating the teamnd Straight country title.
Georgia Bulldogs players, coaches and fans took to social media to mourn the loss of the two young men, even sharing personal anecdotes about their interactions with LeCroy and Willock. Both have been described as always smiling and giving off a positive vibe wherever they go. Georgia students have built a small shrine of flowers, handwritten letters and even mementos outside Sanford’s gates in their honor.
While most affected by the tragedy, the grief of the Bulldog Nation goes far beyond that. As the news spread to other parts of the country, many programs, coaches and celebrities took to Twitter and other forms of social media to send prayers and condolences to those affected by the tragedy. So much so that almost every power 5 program is tied in some way to the Georgia Bulldogs program.
While dark clouds hang over Athens at the moment, Georgia and today’s tragedies are sure to have lasting effects on the Bulldog family for quite some time. The kindness and humanity shown by others in college football is a positive reminder that humanity is far more important than sports.
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“All the darkness in the world cannot quench the light of a single candle.”
— Saint Francis of Assisi
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