Still Sad

May 10, 2007

As we drafted a set of D-linemen this year, I couldn’t help but remember the great set of CB’s we added to our team in 2005. The 2005 set of corners we drafted were an immediate force on the field and one of them would inspire the man they call Champ to say “he was the best I’ve ever played along side.” Of course, I’m talking about Darrent Williams – our short but tenacious CB lost in a drive by shooting Jan 1st.

It’s been a few months now since his murder and the media attention has slowly died away. Maybe that’s why I find myself missing the wide grin of #27. So I did an image and video search for Darrent Williams — I think I just wanted to see him again even if it was only in snapshots.

Among the images and videos I found several fan produced tributes. The number of these goes to show what a powerful impact Darrent had on the fans. Many of these tribute videos are followed with heartfelt comments from viewers regarding Darrent and their feelings of loss.

Grieving has gone global in many ways, as the internet allows strangers to stand side-by-side and express their feelings of loss and sadness without ever knowing each other’s names. Maybe it happens in a virtual world, but for those of us far from Denver this is real way that we can gain a feeling of common loss for a beloved sportsman that we will deeply miss in the year to come.

God speed D.


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