When Zach Hemmila, a senior offensive lineman for the Arizona Wildcats passed away Aug. 7, the Tucson school’s community was devastated. Though wounds only heal with time, kind gestures and thoughtful words are nice ways to support and bolster the process of recovery.
Many programs offered their condolences to the Wildcats when they announced the news on Aug. 8, but one program went the extra mile in sharing their sympathies.
The Texas Longhorns, led by head coach Charlie Strong, sent the Wildcats a package of hand-written letters, all sharing the fact that they were, and would continue to, think of the Pac-12 school this upcoming season.
It’s safe to say the gesture didn’t go un-appreciated, as Arizona tight end Josh Kern and wide receiver Nate Phillips shared their thanks for the kind thoughts.
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After the passing of our teammate Zach Hemmila, the University of Texas football program had their players and coaches sign these for us sending their prayers. We appreciate the first class gesture and we thank you. We are wishing you well in this up coming season. #Hook'em #BearDown #Forever65
Undoubtedly a classy move by a Texas program that clearly has its priorities straight.