In the saddest news story we have ever written here at Yellow Jacked Up, it was reported this morning that Georgia Tech defensive lineman Brandon Adams has passed away.
Georgia Tech defensive lineman Brandon Adams suddenly passed away on Saturday. Adams was just 21 years old and was entering his senior season on The Flats. Brentwood Academy, Adams’s high school alma mater first reported the passing on Twitter. The Georgia Tech athletic department would confirm the report just after noon eastern time on Sunday. Yesterday we previewed Adams in our Georgia Tech defensive line preview, as we projected him to be one of our breakout stars for this upcoming season.
Georgia Tech’s tweet confirming the passing of Adams can be seen below as well as a link to their official report.
Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury had this to say in the report:
"“On behalf of the entire Georgia Tech athletics family, I offer my deepest condolences to Brandon’s family and friends, including his past and present coaches, and his brothers in the Georgia Tech football family, as we mourn the loss of such an incredible young life, we are also here to support Brandon’s family and friends, his past and present coaches and his brothers within the Georgia Tech football family in any way that we can. Please join us in keeping Brandon and everyone who loved him in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”"
Head coach Geoff Collins also commented on Adams’s unfortunate passing:
"“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is heartbroken by the news of Brandon’s passing, in the short time that I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Brandon, I admired and respected him, first and foremost as a terrific human being, but also as an outstanding teammate and leader. Jennifer and I offer our thoughts, prayers and unconditional support to his parents, Lisa and Reginald, his sister, Rian, and all of his family and friends, especially his brothers in our football program.”"
The timing of Adams death comes just days before Georgia Tech was planning on beginning their spring practice sessions. It will surely cast a somber shadow over Georgia Tech’s spring but there will be many more days of practice in the weeks and months to come. But for now, football is a distant second. While Brandon would surely want the Jackets to prepare for the 2019 season, the upcoming days should be about celebrating the life of an amazing person.
A beloved player on and off the field, Brandon will surely be missed by everyone he knew and had an impact on. His loss goes away beyond his impact on the field, Adams was a tremendous teammate and friend according to all reports and was a star student.
Our thoughts and our prayers go out to Brandon’s family, friends, and the Georgia Tech football program. All of here at Yellow Jacked Up send our condolences to the Adams family, his friends, the Georgia Tech football program, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him.