The tragic news out of the University of Virginia that three members of the school’s football team were killed by a fellow student last Sunday night has impacted millions of Americans across the country. Those deceased players are Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry. One other player and a non-player student were hospitalized.
Those who have been affected include many NFL alumni who played their college ball at Virginia and who remain close to the football program there. They were shocked like so many of us when we first heard the painful news.
“Our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted in the @UVA community, the families and the @UVAFootball team,” NFL alum Matt Schaub tweeted last Monday. “We all need to lean in together as a Wahoo community and be there for one another through another senseless tragedy.” Schaub, a 17-year NFL vet, played quarterback at Virginia from 2000-2003.
Chris Long, another Virginia and NFL alum, lives in Charlottesville near the campus where the tragedy occurred. “Still can’t believe it,” Long tweeted. “Don’t have the words. Hoping we can lean on each other.” His Chris Long Foundation later posted a memo that provided the names and telephone numbers of counselors and mental health services for those in the city who needed assistance after the tragedy. Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long (Chris’ father) has lived in Charlottesville for decades.
Many other Virginia alums echoed similar sentiments. The roster of Virginia players who later played in the league include Tiki and Ronde Barber, Matt Blundin, Aaron Brooks, James Farrior, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Patrick Kerney, Don Majkowski, Heath Miller, Herman Moore, Anthony Poindexter, Ed Reynolds, and dozens of others.
We at NFL Alumni offer our sympathies and prayers to our University of Virginia brothers as well as to all those families and friends affected by these senseless killings.