Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett loses his brother in an accident, and almost immediately, we’re reminded that football is just a game.
For Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett, his sophomore season ended after seven games. The remainder of 2018 was suppose to be dedicated to getting him back on the field in 2019, but none of that is important right now.
Tragedy struck the Barnett family on Tuesday when David, Derek’s older brother, died on in a car accident. Just like that, we were reminded that football is just a game.
Our heart goes out to a member of the Eagles family.
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As fans, we live and die with our favorite football team. We celebrate wins. We agonize over losses. As fans, we also tend to forget something. We forget that, as entertaining as our great country’s favorite game is, it’s a job to the guys who play it.
They all experience bad days. They have good days, but, just like you and I, they have lives outside of their occupation.
They’re fathers. They’re sons. Many of them have the pleasure of being somebody’s brother or uncle. On Tuesday, December 4th, in Nashville, Tennessee, Derek Barnett lost his brother unexpectedly.
The Metro Nashville Police Department and ESPN’s Tim McManus reported Felipe Castelblanco had been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication.
McManus’ story also reported that Castelblanco was also charged with ‘leaving the scene of a fatal crash, failure to render aid, and failure to notify law enforcement’. His bond has been set at $100,000.
Our prayers and thoughts here, at ITI, are with the Barnett family. Right now, football is an afterthought and understandably so.