Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gaines Adams Dies at 26

Gaines Adams died today from an apparent heart attack and it is very sad day for Clemson alumni and fans. It's especially difficult for those former Tiger players who played alongside him. As I write this, I still can't believe that it's true. As a student-athlete mentor in college, I worked with an great group of guys, and Gaines was one of the them. He had an incredible spirit and a charming personality. And while I hadn't talked to him since graduation, I consider myself very lucky to have known him.

The news affected me in a way that I didn't expect, especially considering the fact that I hadn't seen Gaines in a couple of years. But that goes to show you the profound effect that he had on people. I've spent today recalling times spent with Gaines that I hadn't thought of in a while. And all of those memories made me smile or laugh. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

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1 comment:

EngaBeenga said...

I know the feeling ... it affected me and I think I only spoke to him once or twice when out with you ... I think its another testament to what it means to be part of the Clemson family - it just hurts harder when something like this happens.

Thinkin' about you!