Oregon Ducks' football player dead at age 22.
Great piece John…. Thank you for focusing on Spencer’s unbelievable and courageous journey.
May Spencer now find peace with our Heavenly Father ….
John.. you created a special remembrance for a remarkable young man.
If Spencer Webb has a funeral.. I hope you appear and share your article with everyone in attendance.
So so heartbreaking. I knew a little bit about his childhood struggles but your article filled in some blanks. His journey up and out of his troubled family life is to be celebrated much more than his achievements between the hash marks. Thank you, Joh, for this remembrance of a special man.
It is really really hard to lose a brother. I lost mine when he he 53 in year 2000. He was so full of life and was suppose to live until he was 100. He blew out his knee when he was playing high school football and really couldn't play the games he loved. He found he could run distances and went on to run 19 marathons including the Boston, London and New York. Your wife, Anna, use to babysit his two kids, Corey and Monica. He was the VP for Oregon Dental Service(MODA).
It will be 22 years since I lost Bernie and it still seems like yesterday. I pray that Spencer's brother can focus on the memories and his love.
Thank you for writing this. Spencer was a favorite among Duck fans. A young man who you could tell loved the game, his teammates & life. As a fan I am heartbroken. As a parent, I feel like we’ve all lost an adoptive son. My heart hurts for his brother, his teammates & coaches 💔
I don’t want this post to be about realignment, or nil, or “nattys”. Stories like Webbs are what really makes college football special. It’s a lifeline into communities that have nothing else. So sad that Spencer didn’t get to finish his journey,
John, thanks for bringing Spencer's story to the forefront--moving and important for reflection by all of those who value the human experience, many of them tougher than others..
Thanks John! Loved the look at the person not the player!
An honest and beautiful tribute to an amazing young man. RIP 🙏
Wow, what a way to start my morning. So very sad indeed. Thank you, John for a tearful touch to this story.
He slipped. My daughter was there and one one of the group who tried to save him. It’s tragic and heartbreaking for everyone involved.
Thank you for sharing. I am a grandmother to one of your players. My heart aches for his love ones.
Man, life hurts really, really hurts sometimes. So tragic.
Thank you John. Spencer reminds me of so many kids that I’ve coached over the past decade plus. Overcoming the bad hand they’ve been dealt through no fault of their own to become good men that are so much more than their football abilities.
I’ve heard stories of Spencer tangentially through coaching circles. Yes, they talked about his talent but they all mentioned his personality and were drawn to that part of him. Hopefully the light he provided to so many gives them strength right now. God bless
Life simply is not fair. This young man gave his everything he had. May he rest in peace.
I've never met Spencer in person but I'm still emotional over the tragic loss. Based on the comments from those who did know him and others who knew of his personality and character, I feel I like know him a bit more than I did before reading John's email. Thank you, Spencer, for the lives you touched over the years!
"Blessed are those who mourn; for they will be comforted!"