Georgia’s Devin Willock met young fan before fatal car accident
Georgia fan Sam Kramer and his 7-year-old grandson, Camdyn, will forever remember their heartfelt encounter with Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock.
Hours before Willock tragically died in a car crash, the athlete took part in the Bulldogs’ celebratory festivities in Georgia on Saturday, days after the team defeated TCU in the national championship game, 65-7. Kramer recalled to ABC affiliate WJCL how he spotted Willock at a local establishment that left young Camdyn in awe.
“I just kinda gave him kind of a fist bump. I said, ‘Hey Devin, congrats with everything that’s going on.’ He turned and saw Camdyn sitting there, and Camdyn was kinda wide-eyed looking at him,” Kramer said.
Moments later, Willock gave Camdyn the opportunity to try on his championship ring.
“I remember I just told Camdyn, ‘Hey, you’ve got one. But he’s got the real deal.’ And so Devin, without even stopping or flinching, took the ring off and gave it to Camdyn and said, ‘I’d love to see what you look like in the ring,’” said Kramer, a longtime Bulldogs supporter.
Kramer took to Twitter on Saturday to share a collection of photos of the interaction, writing, “Special thank u to @DevinWillock for taking time for my grandson when he didn’t have to. U went out of ur way to make him feel special and U made his day!! Good luck next year! Go Dawgs!”
Willock then posted a trio of red heart emojis in response to Kramer’s message.
Willock, a redshirt sophomore from New Jersey, was killed after being involved in a fatal car accident early Sunday morning, which also claimed the life of Georgia staffer Chandler LeCroy. Willock, 20, died at the scene while the 24-year-old LeCroy passed away at a local hospital.
Two unnamed members of the team were also involved in the incident and are in stable condition, Fox 5 Atlanta reported Sunday.
“We are all heartbroken and devastated with the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement.
“Devin was an outstanding young man in every way. He was always smiling, was a great teammate and a joy to coach. Chandler was a valuable member of our football staff and brought an incredible attitude and energy every single day. We grieve with their families for this tragic loss and will support them in every way possible.”