Huff passed away in a pedestrian/vehicle accident in Abilene early Sunday. He was a member of the Hardin-Simmons football team and was a senior exercise science major.
“These guys will honor Taylor by taking the field,” said Hardin-Simmons University head coach Jesse Burleson in a news conference this morning as he discussed the difficulty of thinking about football after losing a long-time member of the Cowboys.
Burleson and two members of the team quarterback Josh Christian, and receiver Colton Brewer, each told reporters they were blessed to know Huff. “His sense of humor was awesome,” said Christian as he described Huff as a great man and a leader. “He really made an impact, especially as he worked with the younger members of our team. He definitely left a legacy.”
Taylor’s academic advisor, assistant professor of fitness and sport sciences, Dr. Lindsey Edwards, said, “When I think of Taylor, a Bible verse comes to mind, ‘In quietness and trust is your strength” Isaiah 30:15.’ I love that the Lord allows me to be a part of students’ lives. I love that with each visit and interaction I have with a student God gives me something about them. When Taylor was in my office a few weeks back for advising this verse was exactly what God gave me. I am thankful I got to be a part of his life. He demonstrated a quiet, resilient strength.”
Burleson said, “Taylor had overcome a great deal of adversity in his life to get where he was. He was extremely unselfish and caring. We are so proud he is a part of our program. It is a sad day to be a Cowboy, we are hurting but we will get through this together."
“I truly believe that God brings people into our lives for seasons,” said Edwards. “Like a majority of my students, Taylor, impacted my life by being here. Our common belief of who God is and our acceptance of Christ automatically connected us. I am thankful for the brief season I was part of his life and I thank God that he came here to HSU.”
Words of encouragement may be left on the HSU prayer site: http://pray.hsutx.edu/2013/11/11/campus-mourns-the-death-of-taylor-huff/#respond