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Death of Cal Berkeley Football Player Ted Agu: 'He Was Destined For Greatness'

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Ted Agu Photo Credit: Cal Athletics
Ted Agu Photo Credit: Cal Athletics
Thoughts, wishes and prayers for the loss of University of California at Berkeley football player Ted Agu have been posted online from all around the Bay Area, the state and across the country as people mourn the death of the young football player. 

Watch the touching YouTube video posted on Feb. 7 as a tribute to Agu's memory.

Agu died unexpectedly after he developed problems at the end of a routine training run early in the morning on Feb. 7. The 21-year-old defensive lineman from Bakersfield was a junior majoring in public health, according to the university's website. 

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JSanders February 11, 2014 at 08:39 AM
How was he "destined for greatness"? Sad that even at Berkeley, athletes are worshipped like this. Plenty of other Berkeley students have passed away without being mourned and glorified nearly as much.
MYRNA lARSEN February 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM
To JSaners: He qualified to go to U.C. Berkeley on his own merits, not because of football. He was a walk on and a very diligent student. He was a leader among his team and his fellow students. Your comments are unfair because you obviously are only judging him because of his athletic status.
Ann W. February 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Thank you Myrna. Why do people need to make disparaging comments about a young person who has passed far too soon? How about looking on the bright side this young man might have had if he had lived a long life.
John Palmisano February 11, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Agree with JSanders: plenty of Berkeley students have passed away without making the front page news, so why does Agu deserve more attention than others?
Susan February 11, 2014 at 09:37 PM
it's front page news because UC Berkeley worships football. However, it is still very sad. As a parent, I'd be very devastated to think my son lost his life in a campus sport. Either way, it's very sad. It's also sad that a San Jose freshman died in the dorm a few weeks ago. These parents must all be devastated.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM
@John: This is my first Berkeley student to die now that I am the editor of this site and this is how I handle the loss of a young person in the community.
Ann W. February 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM
The death of any young person is a tragedy. While the cause of his death has not yet been revealed perhaps it has drawn attention because most young healthy and fit people don't just drop dead for no apparent reason. Because he was a football player and there is so much in the news about CTE among not only NFL players but college and high school players as well, it has become a serious issue and certainly is noteworthy.
John Palmisano February 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Autumn...a San Jose State university student named Brenden tiggs died in his dorm room on Sunday, Feb 10th, the exact same day you posted this news on the front page...is that student not a "young person in the community"? Or is he not as important because he's not an athlete? Can you explain why you didn't post any news about the SJSU student, and instead only focused on the football player?
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM
If I had a Patch site in that area, I would be covering it. It has nothing to do with the young person's athletic status. Each Patch site is local to that specific city.
Laney Russell February 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM
"Each Patch site is local to that specific city."-------Anyone who can read knows this is baloney. I understand that you probably have to be a perky Patch cheerleader in order to keep your job but please, don't insult us with such nonsense.
Pearson Lyverse February 12, 2014 at 03:41 PM
TO: Laney, JR Sanders, John Palmisano: Your comments are insensitive but also misguided and uninformed. The ignorance displayed in each of your comments shows me, and others, that you are just venting about athletic "status" without much basis in fact about Ted. I graduated from UC Berkeley recently, and I personally held a strong distaste for the preferential treatment given to athletes at my school. Moreover, many of my well qualified friends were denied enrollment at Cal in part due to the large number of athletic scholarships given to..less intelligent...students. So, i feel your pain. HOWEVER, this patch article, and the case of Ted Agu is MARKEDLY different than what you are spewing. He was not a starting caliber player. In fact, he earned his spot at CAL without the help of a sports program. He walked onto the team and was such a positive, mentoring force in the locker room that he was given an athletic scholarships (one of very few given to third string players). AT A PUBLIC SCHOOL ALMOST ZERO ATHLETES ARE GIVEN SCHOLARSHIPS AFTER THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN ACCEPTED WITHOUT ONE. I knew Ted and many of his friends personally. He was a truly exceptional young man, with a lot of promise in life (which doesn't have to be measured in athletic performance, or even career advancement). He had a bright future as a loving, caring and productive member of society. In reality, these qualities made him very different from the typical "athelte" at Cal. Believe me when I saw that there are very, very few athletes at Cal that were as well-respected and well-liked (despite seeing just about zero field time). Anyways, I know this was a rant but Ted was a great human being and Patch, CAL, and the Berkeley community are simply mourning OUR loss of HIS LIFE. Which bring me back to my point that you all are acting insensitive and uninformed. LASTLY- the death at San Jose State was a suicide....Tragic- yes. But, quite different than the circumstances surrounding Agu's death. I dont want world of media in which suicides are honored on front pages of newspapers and websites...
JSanders February 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Nice rant, but a little off topic. Care to explain how he was "destined for greatness"? By your standards, every college kid would be "destined by greatness", yet they don't seem to make the front page news with such glorious headlines when they pass away.
Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM
JSanders... why don't you explain what you think "Destined for Greatness" means to you? If you have watched the news and seen the interviews with many of his fellow students and coaches, it seems as though this young man had an upbeat and inspiring personality that affected those around him in a positive way. In my book that is greatness. To be a person who brings out the best in others is truly rare. I imagine my definition of greatness is likely different than yours, simply because there is not much that I have ever agreed with you when I see your postings on this site. The negative comments that I read sadden me, and even more so the number of recommendations following those comments. It says a lot about the negativity either of this community or the followers on this website. Pearson Lyverse gave a personal perspective which I certainly appreciated, why do you need to refer to it as a "rant." It is simply disrespectful. The REAL topic here is a life lost too soon.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM
"He was destined for greatness" is a quote from one of the people posting online about his death. scroll through the Storify curation and you will see what I am referring to.
Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I would still like to hear JSanders definition of "Greatness." He seems to have the need to diminish the perspective of those who actually knew him.

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