Sad news for the college football world when a former player lost his life at a very young age.
Former Stanford football and baseball player Zach Hoffpauir passed away on Thursday at the age of 26. Hoffpauir had just landed a coaching job at Northern Colorado at the time of his death.
Hoffpauir had played at Stanford with Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey for several years. He would soon take to social media and deliver a heartfelt message.
“Yesterday Heaven gained an angel, and I lost one of my best friends in the world,” McCaffrey said in the post. “Zach showed me the way when I got to college. He did things the right way. He taught me how to enjoy life.”
“I’ll cherish all the memories we had bro. I love you and your family and I promise we’ll make you proud. Watch over us. Hug your loved ones extra today,” McCaffrey said.
Hoffpauir left Stanford in 2015 after being taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 22nd round of the MLB draft.
After just a year at the Single-A level, he eventually returned to Stanford.