COLLEGE STATION - The Texas A&M community is mourning the death of a football player who died Thursday in a car crash.
Aggies fans know Joseph Villavisencio, 22, as Joey V, number 67, a 312-pound offensive lineman.
“He was a good player,” said Nicolas Guzman, an Aggies fan.
“You can’t replace that man,” said Manuel Guzman, another Aggies fan.
Teammates know that about Villavisencio now more than ever. After giving gifts to disadvantaged children Thursday, Villavisencio headed home to Jacksonville, Texas. He was planning to spend Christmas with his parents and sister.
University officials said Villavisencio was 40 miles north of College Station when a buzzard flew into his path. Villavisencio swerved to avoid it. He moved into the path of an 18-wheel tractor trailer. Villavisencio died at the scene.
“It’s sad, real sad,” Manuel Guzman said.
“For him to do that for kids, then lose his life, I think it breaks a lot of hearts, especially the A&M fans,” said Nicolas Guzman.
“I didn’t know him personally,” said Luke Vrist, a recent graduate. “But, here, you know of him. He’s part of the A&M family so it hurts. It’s very sad to see this.”
Villavisencio’s former coach Mike Sherman called the senior one of the most respectful, high character players he’s ever known. It is the side of Villavisencio fans wish they learned about some other way.