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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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 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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