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In Memory…

Feb. 17, 2002

Ryan Wilcox (Orlando,FL)
Hey Chris-

We all loved and admired you on and off the field. But one thing for sure is that your are now playing on the greatest team ever, God’s team.

Daniel Rakes Cleveland,OH
I send my sympathy to the family, friends, and the University of Miami.

Gil Vilma (Omaha, Nebraska
I’d like to be real brief i am a Hurricane fan living in Husker country and would like to say that I am really sadden to hear this terrible news. Chris was one of my favorite Canes I followed him from the day he arrived in Coral Gables. My prayers are out to Chris and his family . Chris we all will miss you and thanks for all the joy you brought to us all Cane fans hate to see you leave us but we know you will be in a safe and wonderful place .
Peace brother..

Brian (Davie, FL)
I would like to send my thoughts & condolences to Chris’s family & friends. Chris was a good person & athlete & he will be sorely missed by all of the fans. May God be with you Chris. #48 CHRIS CAMPBELL, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!! #48

RWB-DAYTONA BEACH,FLA.
He will never leave you nor forsake you,Chris knows what’s up,#48,passion!

Dave Fairfield, Oh
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Campbell family and those closest to him.

Chris will be missed but never forgotten!

Seattle,WA
I don’t know Chris Campbell but my prayers goes to his family and friends…too many young black men are leaving and he truly will be missed..love to all he knew

bryan (toccoa, ga)
anytime someone falls at this age it is tragic, but to see it happen to someone with so much talent and ability makes it more painful.

R.I.P. Chris, you will always be a ‘Cane…

Brad Bartels (Huntsville, AL)
You will be missed. May God bless his family.
Brad

Jenny Holt Mt. Pleasant Texas
I went to high school with Chris. He was a great guy and will definately be missed.

DDC (DC/FL)
To Chris Campbell’s family and friends: Like all of the Hurricane community, I send my deepest, heartfelt condolences. Chris will be missed by so many…

I know that this will be of little consolation today, but having gone through this, I can tell you that as dark as it feels now, there is light somewhere down the line. It may take a lifetime, but it does get easier. May you find the strength and love to survive the coming days.

Reece (Miami, Fl)
My prayers go out the Campbell family. Chris was a champion and will always be remebered as such. It’s times like these where the true strength of the UM Family is shown-we will all miss him.

jerome martin dallas tx
to chris family bless you all. may your family go strong in the lord.

Eric Wilkins(Plainfield,NJ)
my brother is Ed Wilkins I wanna send my respect to the Miami family
i’ll be coming in as a freshman to play basketball
i wish his family and friends well

haitiancane32 ft.lauderdale florida
only because football is how we came to know chris,but in this instance football is insignificant. To the family of chris icant imagine your pain in this time if sadness. My god bless your entire family and comfort come swiftly. R.I.P chris forever in our hearts.

Chris, Florence, KY
I was shocked when I read the headlines. It is certainly a terrible thing that happened, and my prayers are with Chris’s family and friends. I grew up in Miami and have been a die-hard fan ever since. He certainly left us too early, but he is in a better place, and now there is a true Cane standing with God…

Michael G. Dunn , N.O.La.
“Chris, may you rest in peace, and experience eternal hapiness!” You will be sorely missed by the entire ‘Cane family! Please tell Jerome & Marlon hello and we miss them also! Peace & Much Love!

Paul Murray Miami, Fla
My condolences to chris’s family and the rest of the hurricane family.Chris was a great person. He made you feel warm and that he was caring when you were around him. As a hurricane club member chris has made me proud to put my support to such an outstanding young man. Chris I always told you that you were special and now you are on a special team.To me you were like a son thanks for all the great memories.
RIP
Love your friend and fan
paul

Harmon Brody, Louisiana
What a tremendous loss of a fine young man who has been part of our Hurricane family. I will miss him. May God bless and care for his family and loved ones.

David Bagley (Mt.Pleasant)
As a former teammate of Chris’s as I was shocked to hear of his death. Chris was one of the finest persons I had ever met. Chris, I’ll always remember playing by your side. You were an inspiration to me. I’ll never forget you. You will be missed #41/#48. – Bags

Marlon( Ft. Myers, Fl.)
My thought’s and prayer’s are with the Cambpell family. Even though I’m an FSU graduate, I truly enjoyed watching this fine young man with all his talent. May God bless…

Lykiska Auburn, AL
I don’t know this young man, but I have read his article and it’s always sad to see one of your own pass away. I will pray for the healing of both his parent and the team and encourage the same of you.

God Bless,
Lykiska

Diemsk Jean (Tallahasee via Miami, FL)
Your life was, maybe, what u had to give to make us responsible for the way we live!!!!

GOD Bless!!!

Gatoron (San Diego, CA)
Go easy brother, now that you went out as a champion.

canefish
RIP 48

my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Heather, Coral Gables
I met him once and the impression will last a lifetime. He made me, a stranger feel better on a day when I just need a friendly face. He was a nice, sincere person who seemed to love others more than himself.
“Those we have truly loved, we will always love and that which was deeply felt, we will always feel. Remember, death can take all things away save one. Love remains, for love alone is real.”
My condolences to his family friends, and everyone else, who like me, he met once and lifted the gray clouds. God takes the best for himself to watch over and protect. Chris, watch over and protect us. You will be missed.

William Padron, Miami,Fl.
To the Campbell family and fellow University of Miami athletes. I am deeply saddened by the loss of which all of you have attained. As a fellow follower of Univ. of Miami athletics my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Not to worry if Chris believed in God and accepted Jesus into his heart, he is living now in paradise.

Kimberly Little, Coral Gables, Florida
God bless Chris and his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that you will find peace.

Karick Durham walker Louisiana
he was an great player and he will be greatly mised

Maureen Blair, Milpitas, California
My prayers and deepest sympathy to his friends, teammates, and family. May you feel God’s presence at this time.

Maureen

John(Durham, NC)
First I would like to express my condolences to Chris’s family and the Miami family. I know that it is hard to lose a loved one. Chris will be missed by all who loved him. But I know if you trust in and lean on GOD in this time HE will give you the strength to make it. GOD bless you all and stay encourged.

BODESLAMM
The healing is something we will all have to endure. Very painful, but as equally necessary…and part of that healing will be the memories of cc and all of his accomplishments and contributions to the program he loved, just as much as we loved him!

There’s absolutely no doubt, we would have never achieved #5 without him…so, let’s get #6 for him!

The next one’s for cc!!

Rich Appleton,Wi.
I know what it is like to lose a family member. My prayers are with the family during this time of mourning.

Chris Williams, Orlando
So tragic seeing how Chris had his whole life ahead of him. My deepest sympathies to the Campbell family and friends.

Adam Coral Gables, Fl
REST IN PEACE…My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Jim Mac, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ
Although I didn’t know Chris well, my prayers go out to his family and friends. Chris you will be missed by all.

Bob (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
All that Chris represented on and off the football field will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those whom he came into contact with. Whether that person be a friend or a stranger he met only once, a family member or a teammate, or simply a fan who observed his performances on Saturdays.

From this fan: thank you, Chris. Godspeed.

Jon Wilson, Manassas, VA
My thoughts and prayers are with Chris, his family and his friends. God bless Chris Campbell.

aka Pentagon Cane

jason, tallahassee florida
may god rest his soul. my prayers go out to his family and the rest of the fellow cane nation.

Kathy Begovac Trenary,MI
RIP Chris,you were one hell of a football player,we will miss you terribly.

Neil Tallahassee, FL
My sincerest condolences go to CC’s family, friends, and teammates. I was hoping that 2002 would bring an end to this horrible run of tragedies. Let us pray that this is really the end for at least awhile.

East Carolina Univ. Football
We would like everyone at Miami to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

George Andriotis (Tarpon Springs, FL)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of such a fine young man. May God be with you all during these trying times.

Smoke (Miami Lakes, FL)
Thanks for the memories #48. We’ll see you later brother.

Edwin J Sprecher, Scotland, PA
My prayers go out to Chris Campbell’s family back in Texas and the family at UM. We may be separated by many miles, but we are still a family. It’s a Cane thing that others just don’t understand.
I just pray that we all see the importance of never taking anything or anyone for granted. Life is short, let’s keep our priorities in the right order, which are God, family, and others.

God bless the Campbell family, and the University of Miami.

Marie Davis, DaytonaBeach, FL
I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers
to Chris’ family, fiance, friends, ‘Canes teammates and coaches.

Jorge (Tampa, FL)
As a devout Miami fan for my entire life, my heart goes out to the family and to the team. I only wish I could be there to show my support.

D &T, Seagrove Beach. Florida
“Keep a fire burning in your eye. Pay attention to the open sky. You never know what will be coming down. I don’t remember losing track of you. You were always dancing in and out of view. I must have thought you’d always be around…

I don’t know what happens when people die.
Can’t seem to grasp it as hard as I try. It’s like a song I can hear playing right in my ear
That I can’t sing
I can’t help listening…” Poet J. Browne

Thanks for the memories Chris and our thoughts and prayers goes out to his family!

THE SHORTNACY’S, MT.PLEASANT, TEXAS
We have known Chris since a little boy, playing little league baseball with our son, he overcame so much to get to where he was. This is such a tragedy, he will be greatly missed by all, especially his senior class at mphs. We love you Chris.

Scott DeCamp, tampa, fl.
God loves all canes, God speed Chris. my deepest regrets to Chris’s family and friends.

Damon Stinnett E-town, K.Y.
It is a lose that the hurricane football family will miss. God bless his family and those that he touched.

Angel Torres Miami, Fl.
From the Torres Family our deepest sympathies and our condolences to Chris’s family.”

S. Canton (Mt. Pleasant, Tx.)
If was a pleasure for me to see a native of Mt. Pleasant go on and live up to their potential. Chris is a positive example of striving for success in spite of any obstacles presented.

Jacqui, Port St Lucie FL
My Prayers go out to Chris and his Family. Chris will be missed

steve waters (center,tx,)
Being a hometown boy of Mount Pleasant,TX. I never had the opportunity to meet Chris but many of my friends had. Knowing
his background made his accomplishments that much larger. His life should be an inspiration to us all, his untimely death a reminder that life offers very few guarantees. In 21 years Chris Campbell made the most of his life, there should have been more life for him.

ANGEL DELIZ LAKELAND FL
Thanks for the memories may God have you by his side, we will miss you. You will allways be remember by everyone. God bless you and your family

Jon Stellato (Port Jervis, NY)
My prayers go out to the family, friends, and teammates of Chris Campbell. I have watched Chris play for the last three years and watched him play his heart out on every play. This is a huge loss for the Hurrciane family, fans and players. #48, you will never be forgotten.

Corey Evans (E.Newark,NJ)
Ifeel sorry for what happened to chris I mean he was one of my favorite players and I was hoping that he would go high in the draft and hopefully to the New York Giants.But now i really feel sorry for his family and i hope they can overcome this tragedy.

Don Pascale Boynton Beach, Florida
Chris brought us a lot of exciting moments as a Miami linebacker. His tragic death was a shock to all Hurricane fans. We extend our deepest sympathy to members of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Miami University family.

Morrisville,NC
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends on a terrible tragedy that was totally unexpected! Its a shock to the whole community and city of Miami…Gerald

Don and Deb Jackson Miami Fl
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chris Campbell and with his fiancee Tombi Bell. May God comfort them in this their time of sorrow and in the days,weeks and months ahead.

Michael, Carolyn & Grant (Mt. Vernon, TX)
Courageous, Determined, Gracious & Kind-Hearted. You were all these things and more. A true inspiration to those who knew you. We’ll miss your easy-going spirit, quiet manner and warm smile. God Bless You, Chris.

Jorge Mayorga, Boynton Bch. FL.
To The Campbell Family, My deepest sympathy to you all. Our Hurricane community cries with you all. May God bless Chris,his family and friends.#48 will always be in hearts always.

The Mayorga Family
Boynton Bch.FL

vince Titusville fl
Thanks for giving UM every you had.

michael brazer
one love from one cane to another, may god and the late jerome brown watch over you. peace!

Tom Platten (Riverside, California)
One of my ‘Canes is dead and I feel like i’ve lost a good friend. My condolences go out to Chris’s family.

Lawrence Rodgers Memphis, TN
Chris had a decent and stable career for the Hurricanes. He will be greatly missed. I wish his family well and bid them God’s speed.

Shane, Indiana
I really enjoyed watching Chris play football, he was one of my favorite players. God Bless his family and may he rest in peace.

e wagner santa fe nm
dear ones, the loss of a beloved one is and shall always remain a devine mystery. chris in his absence marks a great step forward for the youth of the world, at a time of great confusion. his service and the service of those intimates about him can not now be understood. but please remember that AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YE REAP. Your tears are my tears also. eugene p wagner CLASS OF 1951 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.

Jarrod Oliver (Cullman,AL)
Just to let the family and friends know that we all were truly blessed by having Chris around. I got the chance to meet Chris after a game this year and he went out of his way to take time for a photo with my two kids. I hope everybody remembers that this is just the kind of person he was. We all will be saddened for years to come. God Bless and thank you!

ted jones ocala,fl
chris we will miss your leadership it was a pleasure to watch you play.

ted

Frank D. Arlington, Tx
My prayers go out to the family for this untimely loss. The great man above only puts on us what he knows we can handle. Be strong and as the note from 2/16 stated “The weakside just got stronger!”

Jermey Gable New Orleans, LA.
As a Miami Hurricane fan I want to say that Chris Campbell was an excellent football player. The Campbell family should know that God is their strength and shield according to Psalms 28:7. God loves the Campbell family just as He loves the Miami Hurricanes football team. Players and coaches realize that God is in control and He will take care of you. I love all of you and I will continue to pray for the Campbell family everyday.

Juan, Miami, Florida
My condolenses to the family of Chris’s family and to the memebers of the UM family. He will be missed.

Calvin Alexander, Silver Spring, MD
My heart goes out to your family. May God Bless and Keep you in your time of mourning.

C.A.

Jennifer Goens, Nacogdoches, Tx. formerly of Mt. Pleasant
I was Chris’ high school counselor. I spent many hours with this young man during the course of his high school career. It was quite an experience! However, it is one I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Chris had some tough times over the years. Yet, God’s grace was evident in Chris’ life. He gave Chris an incredible gift in his ability to play football. He gave Chris a physical grace and strength that is not seen very often. He surrounded Chris with caring coaches during high school who loved him and supported him through everything…. providing him encouragement as well as boundaries…and who helped make his dream of playing football at a major university come true. Then there was Willie Searcy who impacted Chris’life in an incredible way. These were blessings that Chris and I talked about often.

I’m incredibly devastated by his death. As his counselor, I wanted so badly for Chris to realize his dream of playing football with the “pros”. However, it appears that he was on the verge of realizing even more…he was going to realize the dream of a lifetime. That is, graduation from college, a future commitment of marriage, and the reality of playing pro-football.

I have many, many memories of this incredible young man. Some of the most precious will be the ones when Chris came over to my home to work on ACT preparation. We would work some, talk some and pray together. I would often steer our conversation to “giving God the glory”. During one converstation I had with him while he was at Miami, I inquired about his spiritual life, he told me that he’d made a commitment to Christ. I know that he is in the “Everlasting Arms” at this time.

If I could say something to Chris, it would be that I loved him…unconditionally. I think he knew that. I would share with him how proud I was of him. He was a real “overcomer”. I would tell him that his life’s story will never die as long as our Lord gives me breath and kids to work with. I will continue to encourage all the students I work with by the example of Chris’ life….good times and bad. I would tell him how blessed I was that God allowed me to be a part of his life. I would tell him that I will miss him so much, but will see him again and rejoice with him forever in heaven.

Chris, I love you, kid. Mrs. “G”

Ron Krupa Baltimore, Md.
The news of yesterday morning’s tragedy came just as I began washing the car. It was a bright and beautiful morning, considering that this is the northeast, and afterall, it is February. That beauty was soon shattered whem I turned on the car radio. My wife came outside and saw me sobbing in the front seat of the car. She came rushing over,very concerned, wondering what had happened to me. She said that I looked as if I had heard about a death in the family. She didn’t realize just how accurate her statement was. Only it wasn’t the immediate family, but rather, a person who I considered to be a member of my extended Cane family. I wish that I could wave a magic wand and make all the pain go away for family and friends alike. We should be happy that he is in a better place now, but even this doesn’t make the pain any easier to bear. I feel very honored to have met and talked to Chris on several occasions. He had that certain shyness, but would open up once he felt comfortable around you. When he found out that I went to every game, home and away for the last 15 years, with the exception of one or two, he couldn’t thank me enough for my support and said that the Canes needed more fans like myself. I will always cherish the conversation we had up at Temple. But, I should have been thanking him,because it was a guy like Chris who made you want to take in all those games home or away. At least we can take comfort in knowing who the new Captain is for God’s defense. Number 48 will live in our hearts and prayers forever. God Bless ya big guy, I’ll be looking for you at the Spring game.

Ronald Bean Yonkers, NY
I would just to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Chris Campbell. Although I have never met him personally, I have had the honor of watching him throughout his career. He will be sorely missed.

Miami, Florida
Chris was a strong and hard working man. His death is a tremendous loss. He will be sorely missed.

Elizabeth, UMIAMI Alumni
Chris was a talented, and warm hearted individual. I remember when I first met him in the Pearson Dorms. We were firends and he made me laugh. My toughts and prayers go out to his family. It is a tragic loss to see such fine talen pass us by at such a young age. May we all find comfort in the promise at Revelation 21:3,4 where death will be no more!
Much Love,
LIZ

Andy Guyon Cromwell, CT.
God bless the Miami football team and community in this time of tragedy. this CT. Hurricanes fan wishes to send his thoughts and prayers for a grieving family. God rest his soul.

Keith Jones Miami,FL
Chris was a really good friend. At the meet the players session he became my friend we sat and talked for hours. He was a very down to earth person. I am deeply saddened by this tragedy, he will be missed by all. Chris wear your ring and that orange and green with pride. Let god know what canes pride is all about.

Daryl Jones (UM #1)
Chris, I love you like a brother. Trippin’ out with you, going to war with you, times like those, I will never forget. People come and go and few leave a lasting impression. Chris has more than left an impression, he has left a great legacy and great memories for those he has tocuhed. My condolences go out to Chris’s family and his fiancee’s family, please be strong.

Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of his saints.”

Our prayers are with you,
Love Daryl and Kamica Jones

Russ (Macon,Ga.)
Although I did not know Chris personally, I would like to send my deep condolensces to his family. He was a great football player and a surely a wonderful person.

The 2002 season now has added meaning. ‘Canes fans and players will endure and win this one for Chris.

‘Go Canes

RENE BOISSARD(MIAMI,FL.)
You will miss this person even if he was your friend or enemy but you will have to choose to live your life for his young departure of his life or live in his furture wishing he was here.It’s cold but you have to let go because God needs him now.

Brie Drew (Swedesboro, NJ)
My prayers with the family of Chris. I attended the University of Miami from 1997 to 1999. I did not really know Chris, but from what I heard of him, he seemed like a stand up guy and always spoke kindly. God bless the family.

G. Nieto, Palm Harbor Fla.
Thank you for the great memories and for being a Cane! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.

The Mike Self Family Atlanta, Texas
We were deeply sadden when we heard the news of Chris’s death. We have known Chris for many years and have grown to love him as well as admire him for all his hard work. Not only was he a great athlete he was an outstanding young man. He had a very big heart as well as a big smile. Chris was our son’s hero. They use to joke about when Chris became famous, Matt could hang out with him. Chris will be deeply missed;however, he is now in a place with no more tears or worries. We will always remember the great #41, as well as the great #48. He had a way of making us all proud. Chris gave us so much to cheer about and also made us all smile in different ways. God Bless his family and friends. May God’s Speed be with you-you will always be remembered in our hearts. So long #48!

Bill Colton(Memphis, TN)
The University of Miami has a long tradition of former players joining the team on the sidelnes during big games. I know in my heart that Chris’s spirit will be there on the sidelines next season, to offer support and inspiration as he did throughout his career at Miami.

To Chris’s family, my thoughts and prayers that you stay strong through this tragedy, and my thanks for giving such a fine young man to the University. Know that he made a differnce and will continue to do so for future Canes teams.

Karen Young, Atlanta, GA
I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Chris. I did not know much about him but he seems to have been a wonderful human being. I will continue to pray for the will and strength of his loved ones to make it through this difficult time. May God Bless you and Chris.

Alfonso Restrepo, Coral Gables, Florida
Chris was a great person, I had the privilige to meet him in the Athletic center and so did a lot of my teammates, on behalf of the whole University of Miami cheerleading squad I want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’s family

Robert (Los Angeles, Calif)
great player…good person. He will be missed

Barbara… Miami, Florida
“When the Angels Call”

“I’ll lend you, for a little while,
a child of mine,” He said.
For you to love while he lives,
and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years,
or twenty-two, or three,
But will you, till I call him back,
take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you,
And shall his stay be brief,
You’ll have his lovely memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
as all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the wide world over
in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love –
Not think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call
to take him back again.

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, thy will be done.”
For all the joy this child shall bring,
the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shower him with tenderness
And love him while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.

And should the angels call for him
much sooner than we planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

With my deepest heartfelt sympathies, I pray for Chris and his family and friends.

Rubin (Miami, FL)
My deepest heart felt sympathy goes out to the Campbell family during this grieving time. The will of GOD is something that we may never fully comprehend. I believe that everything that happens serves a purpose. I pray that the joy Chris brought to the fans can help ease your sorrow.

La’Vern (Miami, Florida)
All I can do is remember your smile, and hold onto the memories… Love you always #48
R.I.P

teammate
My best to family and friends. He went out a champ. #48 will always be loved and missed.

Tim Winkelvoss (Warrenton, Virginia)
As a big Miami fan I am sad to hear about the loss of Chris Campbell. But I’d like not to think of him as a football player, but at this time as just a regular man who was taken from us. I hope he has found his place in heaven. Love you Chris.

Ben Craft jr. Taylor,Michigan
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Campbell family and close friends. Ive been a canes fan all my life. Chris was a gifted football player. Fast and powerful. He’ll always be remembered as a cane and never be forgotten. Once again my personal throughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Chris.
sincerely
Ben Craft jr.

melissa ….philadelphia, pa
“We might have lost a solider, but God gained an angel.” Chris was a wonderful young man and I was heartbroken when I heard what happened.. Chris is now looking down on us with a smile on his face because he is in a better place. My heart goes out to Tombi Bell and of course Chris’s family. I am just happy that I had the opprotunity to know such a great person.

Rainier Viego, Miami, Florida
Chris your prayers are with me and my family. Rest in peace.

Kelly, Orlando, Florida
What an outpouring of love this page has sent to the family and friends of Chris Campbell. I was fortunate enough to see him about a month ago when he came to orlando with his new fiance, one of my very best friends from college. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his family, friends, fiance and the University of Miami.

UM Student
When Life Starts Without Me
When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, And each time you think of me I know you’ll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,

And said my place was ready in heaven far above and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday, I thought just for a while, I’d say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things that I’d miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven’s gate, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne, He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you. Today for life on what is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day’s the same day, there’s no longing for the past.”

“But you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true, Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do. But you have been forgiven, and now at last you’re free. So won’t you take my hand and share my life with me?”

So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

– author – Rikin Vasani

Russell Lemoine (Baton Rouge, LA)
Even thou your time was short here on earth, you made the most of what was offered. We always have to remind ourselves that God has a plan for us which may be different than our own. You are in a better place now and will be missed. Thank you for your contributions to the Hurricane team and may God bless those who were close to you in dealing with this tragedy.

Russell Lemoine

josh workman…denton, tx
thank you God for providing us with a man like Chris. he was a great example to everyone. he will be greatly missed. RIP.

josh and valen

The Roomes Family, Miami, Florida
If God did not care for you, He would not provide us with His Grace to carry us through. But because He does, may He shelter you with His eternal love. For all that was and is to come shall be a pray and promise to those who love. May you find comfort and peace in his care. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lee Jantzen (Kingman, Arizona)
As a Sooner fan I wanted to send my condolences to the Campbell family and to the Hurricane family as well. I remember watching Chris play during the last couple of seasons and was very impressed with him. These type of things are always tragic, but even more so when a young man with an unlimited future is gone. My prayers are with you.

Desiree Baker Stone Mountain, GA
First of all let me say that my thoughts and prayes goes out to Chris Campbell’s family and friend’s. I know death is one of the hardest things to get over especially if they were someone special to you. I didn’t know of Chris’ death until my younger sister told me when I got to church. It really hit home in a way because my friends and I were just talking about the championship game last month between the Hurricanes and the Cornhuskers. My best friend is from Nebraska and I was teassing her about it because UM is the college I plan on attending. Anyway I’m glad UM decided to put this on the athletic department website so people can send their condolences to the family. The best way to deal with death is to mourn the lost of that person. CHOW!!!

Andres Navarro Coral Gables, FL
Chris Campbell was one of the major keys to the success of the Miami Hurricanes this year. He had about 60 tackles a couple sacks, and 1 INT. More importantly that that he was a team leader and will be greatly missed by the Hurricanes Football team and the University of Miami family. When I first heard the news I was in complete shock, the team that I thought was perfect and untouchable had a huge loss this year even though they came out on top. A GREAT UM CHAMP!!! WILL BE MISSED FOREVER!!!
R.I.P.

Gaby, Miami, F.L
To Chris Campbell..U will never be forgotten. I know in my heart,U r in the hands to the glory of God..To the Campbell families will be in my prayers..

“To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under Heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

josh harper lebanon, tn
first and for most i want to send my condolonces to the campbell family.Now i would like to just say a few thingz and one is weepin may endure for a night but joy cometh on the morning i know in this hard time we feel like is not much that you can do but i have just one thang in mind and that 1 thing is “prayer” thats right prayer changes thangz i know this wasnt much but i felt like that i could perhaps send my thought and prayers with the campbell family. thank u and god bless..R.I.P. Chris

David Lopez Orlando, FL
Your mememory will live on with my daughter and I.
You gave us so much to remember. For the past few years we watched you play and in turn you gave us some of the best memories that will last a lifetime. My prayers go out to your surviving family.

JERRAMY ,MIAMI , FL
Chris you was a excellent football player. Now I know u are up in heaven playing football on Gods team now. You will be missed and Ill see you at the cross roads.

From
Najeh Davenport’s little brother Jerramy

becky pierce ,ne
what a sad day when someone so respected passes away. i love miami football and he will always be remembered in my heart. my prayers go out to the family.

Phil Katz (Football-Baseball Coach Linn-Mar High School Marion Iowa)
God Bless Chris, his family and all those in the Athletic Family at the University of Miami.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Zach (College Station, Mt. Pleasant TX)
Chris,
When I heard of your death, I didnt belive it. I thought there was no way such a strong, caring, loving person could be taken from us so quickly. You were an inpiration to me and countless others. I honestly idolized you because you were everything that I had ever wanted to be. Ill never forget the time we shared in Miami, laughing and playing PS2. I’m going to miss you buddy but I know I’ll see you again.

RIP #48

Curt Taylor Batavia,IL
Chris will be missed very much.One thing to remember though everything happens for a reason,god has some work for him at his house.Keep your chins up Miami.

Roman, Pembroke Pines,FL
I am sorry for yours and our lost. He was a great player and person. There will be no other person like him. Allow me to say, this year’s championship and next year will be dedicated to Chris. He was one of many who made this team successful. God bless you!!

Melissa (Naples, FL)
I was a trainer for Chris’ first two years and new him personally. He appeared quiet to those that did not know him, but he had a wonderful sense of humor and I loved hanging out with him. I know what it’s like to lose someone in your family to a sudden, tragic death and my heart goes out to his family and to those whose lives he touched. The world has lost yet another brilliant soul and heaven has a new angel.
Love, Melissa Jogee

Brent Graber , Sunrise, Fla
Thanks for the memories, you will truly be missed in the hearts and minds of all of us. We will never forget # 48.

Jay Kidwell, Seminole, Texas/Mt. Pleasant
I will always remember meeting Chris after a Mount Pleasant playoff game. He handled himself very well and seemed to be a very impressive young man. As a graduate myself of Mt. Pleasant, I was very proud of him and spoke of him often during his career at Miami. I am very much saddened by this loss, as I always enjoyed the opportunity to watch him play on national television. My prayers will be with his family during this tragedy. God bless you and I want you to know that this Mt. Pleasant native was very proud of Chris.

Rodney Davis North Carolina
Your contributions to the University, the football family of the Miami Hurricanes, and the entire world as a role model for young people will not be forgotten. Thank you and godspeed.

Doug (Greenwood, SC)
May God be with You Chris

UM FAN (TX)
First and foremost, may God continue to bless and strengthen the Campbell family. Although, I did not know him, I wanted to let his family and friends back home and in Miami know that my prayers are with each and everyone of them.

Ralph Sapp Hamilton,OH
I’d just like to say that me and my family’s thoughts and prayers are with Chris and his family and friends at this very difficult time.It’s tough to let go of someone so young who is so full of life.May God keep and protect his family and watch over them though the difficult days ahead.God Bless you Chris.

Katia Bogomolova (Miami)
My prayers go out to his family and loved ones. Chris was a beautiful person and hopefully he is in God’s hands now. I am personally devastated by this loss.
“We will always remember you!”

James Wilson. Ocala,Fl
Thanks Chris for bring us a National Championship!I know that God need you for his team,so as you were a champion down on earth,I know are a champion in Heaven.To his bereaved family,Thank you for letting Chris in our lives,he is a blessing to all who know and knew of him!God Bless Chris Campbell#48

Chris Lopez N.Miami,FL
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Campbell family. I’ll miss you Chris!

Melanie, NJ
To the Campbell Family:
I did not know your son, nor did I follow Hurricane football. But I am very close to my niece, who adored Chris, and thru the years of their friendship, I learned of his great sense of humor, caring nature and warm personality. I am truly saddened by this tragedy and hope that you can find some strength in the knowledge that Chris was so well loved.

David Jacksonville NC
This was my 2nd year as a big canes fan and i have to sat i have enjoyed watching campbell on the feild..I want to thank him for all he has done for miami football..You will be missed..Go Canes!

Jim Short (Port St. Lucie, FL)
First, my heart went out to Chris when he could not overcome the knee infection in order to be cleared for play in the Rose Bowl.

Now, I submit my sincere simpathy to the family of this wonderful man. To wit, Chris showed such great character on and off the field.

Your hurricane family will miss you Chris.
May God Bless you always!

john r. sunrise, fl
as a parent of 22 and 19 year old children i cannot express the the pain chris’s parents must be feeling, my god bless you .

oscar,miami(kendall) fl
out thoughts and prayers go out to the campbell family may god give you all the strenth you need to overcome this horrible tragedy.chris thank you for being a warrior and for playing football at u.m.

Chris, Ky
God bless you.

Miami,FL
“Chris always had a smile on his face, never he did pass you by without a firm handshake and a smile…he’ll be missed”
Assistant Athletic Director (Academics) – Tomas Jimenez

a friend (miami, fl)
i only had the pleasure of knowing Chris for two years, but in that time i got to know him enough to know that the world has lost a great individual. my prayers go out to the ones closest to Chris, his family, loved ones, and classmates who have been cheated by fate. in life, Chris’ spirit was strong enough to brighten the day of even those who barely knew him. now his spirit is next to God, and able to give light to everyone.

Devin Jones, Mt. Pleasant, Tx.
Chris was one of my students in 8th grade history. I also had the priviledge of coaching him in football and basketball. Chris was one of those rare individuals that you knew at a very early age was predestined for greatness. He was a gifted athlete that worked so hard. He was very respectful to his teachers and coaches. I pray for Chris’s family and friends. We all lost an outstanding individual that lived life to the fullest and played for the love of the game with heart.

ronald nasados pottsville,pa
i’m so sorry on what had taken place,i saw you play the entire time you were at um,and you were wonderful.you lived your dream by going to miami and win the national championsip.now you are in a better place and in good hands,we loved you chris,you will be missed.

CaneFan
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Campbell Family. May the Lord be with you and give you the strength and perseverance to make it through this difficult time. Chris is now an angel taking care of all of us, and is standing beside the Lord smiling down upon us all. May God Bless you.

Gary Cohen, Pembroke Pines, FL
All Miami University fans are so saddened to hear of Chris’ accident. He was a fine person off of the field, and w wonderful player. King David long ago wrote of Saul and Jonathan, David’s best friend, “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! … They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.” 2 Samuel chapter 1) May the hope which our Lord gives give you strength at this time. We send our love and prayers.

Jeremy – aka JVilleCane, Jax, FL
I’m just a fan, but when something happens to one of the players on this team, especially this team, it hurts to the core. Chris came to Miami when it wasn’t cool to be a Hurricane and he gave his all the whole time he was here, one of the coolest, nicest people on the team in my opinion. His memory will live on forever to fans, family and teammates. 2002 is for you Chris!!!! #48 will live forever in my heart and he must have accomplished what God put him here for and his work on earth was done. He’s in a much better place now. Prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends.

J.

Vince ,Buffalo,NY
May you R.I.P.!!Chris you are going to a better place now,when there you will see other great Cane players from the past like yourself like them you will not be forgotten!

Keena T Canton, OH
My prayers go out to Chris’ girlfriend, his family, and her family in this time of sorrow…Although I did not know Chris the few days that I was around him I seen how happy he made someone who was very close to him. I could tell that he was a very good man. May God continue to be with Chris’ loved ones! God bless you all….Keena

GYSGT MARC ADAMSEN,OMAHA NEBRASKA
Our prayers go out to his wonderful family and friends. Semper Fi,

Gunny A

Patsy Loughman (Jacksonville, FL)
What a tragic loss of so fine a young man. I was privileged to get his autograph and will cherish it and remember Chris as one of the finest Miami Hurricanes ever. My deepest condolences to the family, team and friends of Chris and remember all the Hurricanes in Jacksonville, Florida will miss him. God Bless You all and remember his love of the game.

Stephanie Legros (Westbury, Ny)
I only knew Chris for a short time but what I knew of him was all good. My condolences to his family and his fiance… I will pray for you … Stephanie

U of M ALUM (Miami, FL)
“Everyday from now on, until I die…In tears I will cry.”
-Tremain Mack

I am comforted because I know Chris is with our Lord in Heaven.
Still, I am deeply saddened by this passing of a friend.
Chris: you are truly, truly missed!
My prayers are with the Campbell family!

Eric Sampson Clemson, SC
I play for the Clemson Tigers (LB#38), and i was recruited by UM. And on my visit i had a chance to meet Chris. He was a Kool dude and a great football player that had a wonderful future ahead in his life. But my prayers goes out to the Miami football team and Chris family.

Chris Wood Sarasota Fl
Our prayers go out to Chris’s family and friends and to all the fans and students at the University of Miami. You had a wonderful but short life and now you live in much better place. We love you Chris!

M. M. Langley ( Southport, CT. )
My prayers go out to the family of “Chris” !!!

Mike, Largo, Fl
My prayers go out to Chris’s family and for the whole football program. Chris represented the excellency of Hurricane football. God Bless you all in the Lord.
Mike

Jaquan Miami, FL
It stinks when deaths like this occur. Chris was loved by alot of people. Chris, the sporting world and also the world in general is gonna miss you. But we probably will see you in heaven someday whenever God takes all us home.

UM Girl, Miami,FL
I just met Chris recently, but it was easy to see how nice he was and why so many people loved him. My heart breaks for his family, friends, and girlfriend. I pray that God will watch over them during this terrible time. The world was blessed to have him for the time that it did. Rest in peace, Chris. You will be missed.

Billy Schwab
Chris,

We will always remember you in the Family of the Canes. GOD BLESS.The Miami Hurricanes and football will miss you.You thoughts and prayers will be in my family.

PALM COAST
FLA

Les White, Jupiter, FL
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Chris Campbell. In this time of grieving and pain, I know it’s hard to imagine, but I know that he is in a better place sitting at the right hand of the Father. I know that this next season, and all seasons to come, God will have Chris looking down on “ALL” of us Hurricanes, to offer us comfort and guidance. May God bless us all and comfort us, for I know that Chris has no pain and only God’s love to comfort him and all of us.

Ron Smith, Louisville. TN
Chris brought us much joy. He was a true leader and he set the example for all to follow. He will be missed by all that have known him.

James Potteiger; Harrisburg, Pa.
To the family of Chris Campbell,

May God comfort you, during such a tragic lost to your family, and the entire Miami Hurricane family.
I have always had the dream to be a Hurricane student, but due to my mother not working, I had to provide, and never experience that dream. But I always consider my self a Hurricane, by living my dream every day, month, and year, since 1979, by being a Hurricane fan. It is the memories from such talented individuals of the likes of Chris that helps me to appreciate and share the pride of being a “Hurricane” Fan…
Chris, you will always be a champion, now more than ever in the presence of the Lord. May the Lord embrace you through eternity…

My prayers go to the Parents and the entire family,
God Bless…

James Potteiger
Harrisburg, Pa.

Deante’ Tuscaloosa, AL
God bless and you’re in our prayers.

Alyissa , Miami , Fl
My prayers go out to Chris & his family … I only met him a few times but every time i did he was a very charming man , he will be greatly missed by fans , players , and all of the students at the Univ. of Miami . Chris – Rest In Peace …

Marlon, Miami
The lords puts us through difficult times to make us stronger and to understand he only takes the bravest and the best. My heart goes to the family in these tough times

Carole Walker (Miami, FL)
Chris,
Although we had more of a professional relatioship as student-athlete and academic advisor, I just wanted you to know that you will be greatly missed. Over the past couple of months I watched a young man mature and grow to enjoy life and all the great things it had to offer. Do us a favor while you’re looking down from heaven above, watch over us each day and remind us how precious life really is. Spread your wings #48. Ms.Walker

Louise Smith-Marianna, Fl
Our hearts go out to the family of this young man. He will truly be missed. It is a terrible tragedy. May God be with you and give you the strength to endure. Our prayers are with you.

Your friends and devoted fans in North Florida.

Keith Gray (Washington, DC)
As far as I am concerned, Chris, you are the reason why I am at this point in my college career and this is my final outlet for me to talk to you on this earth. We competed against each other at almost every sport since the 8th grade. Wether it be football, basketball, whatever. In my class at Pine Tree, I was always one of there better athletes and you were always one of Mt. Plesants’, you didn’t know this but you were my rival, a guy who I knew had good athletic potiential, like I did and that I tried to match on the field. In the 8th grade, we played the same positions in football, linebacker, and running back, so when ever you were on offense I was on D, vice verse. I remember the first game that I played you it seemed liked we tackled each other about 20 times each, always trying to out do each other. After every play we never said a word just looked at each other as if to say, “yea I’m gonna get you”, or “you can’t stop me”. From that point on in my life, I wanted to match or outdo Chris Campbell on the football field. As time went on you stuck with football and became one of the best defensive players in the state and I became a decent basketball player, even though we were in different sports by our senior year, I kept up with you, still, trying to take some of the spotlight off of you and my brother Jamar. You two were the top college prospects in East Texas. I just wanted to thank you for helping me to find that competitive spirt and edge that still pushes me today. I’m still at American U. on course to graduate this summer. I’m glad to hear that you are engaged, that’s cool, it takes a real man to commit to one woman. Although your life was cut short, some may feel that this tragedy was talent gone out the door, but I know that everything in this world is a part of the Lord’s plan. Big Dawg, you have served your purpose on this Earth, I don’t know what it is, it could be anything, but you do now. This life is short I now know, and I just wanted to say thank you again, for helping me find that competitive spirit that enables me to live this life as fully as I can. I see you as God’s tool sent to help make me a better person as well as an athlete. Had I not played against you and Mt. Pleasant, who know when that competivness would have kicked in.
You are in God’s kingdom now, the best place possible to be.

Thank You Chris and Rest In Peace.

Keith Gray, Pine Tree High Class of 1998

Kyle(Elberton, Ga.)
May God bless you Chris Campbell, your family, your friends, and your teammates.

jon cooper lakeland, fla/san antonio, tx
my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of chris – he will be sorely missed. as a father of 4, i can only imagine what his family must be going through. to mr searsey – a job well done! would that the lord bless every father with a son who impacts all around him as yours has. the canes have another fan from above!!

Merisha Jackson St. Louis MO
to the family of Chris Campbell
I’m was sick when I herd that Chris died. I’m a big sports fan and a cane football fan. I remember seeing Chris on T.V. against florida state making big plays for his team he was sensational. I’m very sorry to hear about this terrible tragedy. He was taken from you too soon. People say god take people for a reason, really I don’t see was his reason for taking Chris. I know now he is in a better place and I’m sure he is smiling down on everyone on his team and his coach and his family. I hope you are able to keep your head held high through a difficult time. And to Larry Cocker and Chris’ teammates I hope you keep your head up as well. Just dedicate next season to him with every big play you guys make on the field either on defense or on offense.If you ever want to write me back my thanking me my address is:
9686 Huron Drive
St. Louis Mo 63132
God bless you the family and the canes football team.
your number 1# canes fan
Merisha Jackson.

Rex Driggers(Mt. Pleasant, TX)
I watched Chris play throughout his high school years. Not only was he an great athlete, he was a leader and fine young man. Our hearts are saddened by his loss.

Town Creek, AL
My heart goes out to the Campbell family in their time of loss. Chris was a strong young man and will be missed. Your hearts are in my prayers.

wills panama city florida
My thoughts of chris is
that i thought he was the most insparational player on defence him and ed was the soul of the # 1 d## in the country ,i have seen greats come and go but non that taught underclassmen what it was like to play linbacker at the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI thank you for the memories chris i’ll miss watching you play the greatest sport ever the best fan in the world PC FLA.

Erin.. Florida
My thoughts are prayers are with the Campbell family. Chris will always be remembered and loved..

Willie Tellis, Cape Coral-Florida
To the family of Chris Campbell,
Sorry for the loss of your son. I felt like I loss a freind when Chris loss his life. God bless the Cambell family

Matt Stillwater, OK
My heart goes out to the family of this young man and the university. OSU will be praying for all of you.

Betsy, Miami Fl
Mr Searcy and Tombi…
My heart goes out to you both. Please know that the entire Cane community his here for you. God Bless Chris..#48 forever

Roque Villarreal(texas tech:mt. pleasant)
When i first heard the news it was hard to believe that Chris had past away. He was the the type of person you could always chill with, talk to, and joke around. Today and always I can say he was the best teammate and freind that we could ever ask for. He is a true leader, that would help to achive the best. Now, Chris, my you rest in Peace, you’ll always be in everyones prayers not only home but all over. your teammate #66 mt. pleasant ’95, ’96

Nova High School (Davie, Florida)
Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to each and every person that was affected and this great lost.May God comfort Chris’s family and friends forever.

Sincerly,
Nova High School Sports Family!

Jose A. Sanchez, Miami, Florida
Chris will be included in our prayers. May the Lord grant you the serenity to accept this tragedy. The Canes family will miss this wonderful young man very much. I was looking forward seeing him at the next level.

Carlos, Miramar, FL
To Chris’ family: we hold you in our prayers and thoughts and thank you for him. He is in a better place.

Rafael Pereda & family. (Hollywood, Fl)
Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Chris, his family, and friends.

May God bless Chris.

kurt grizzard/va beach,va
chris campbell will be missed and will me in miami fans for years to come
Chris we all will miss you GOD BLESS YOU

Todd Armbruster (Coral Springs, Florida)
I don’t even know where to begin. I’m still numb a day and a half after I first heard that Chris was dead. I never knew him personally, but like most UM fans I view Chris and his teammates as part of my extended family. He was always the quiet, unsung hero, never receiving the accolades of some of his more celebrated teammates. Yet that never seemed to bother Chris, who simply went out and did his job week after week. He was a joy to watch.

My condolences go out to his family and friends. I lost a brother several years ago in a similar accident and know first hand their shock and pain. RIP #48. We will never forget you.

Angelique Atlanta, GA
Chris, they say people walk in and out of your life everyday, but few people make imprints on your heart. You made imprints in everyone’s heart you came in contact with. Your sense of humor and your smile will never be forgotten. May you now rest in peace and watch over all of us.

Alexis Newton (Mt. Pleasant, Texas)
Chris, although you & I didn’t know one another that well I feel the hurt that many others do. It’s just the fact that you were soo young and an african-american male whom was doing so well in his life. But we all must realize that when God say it’s time to go we must obey. You will be greatly missed and remembered. One Luv my brother. I Love You!
Alexis

Nick Jones, Millers Creek, NC
I feel for this young man’s family and friends. Chris Campbell was a fine football player as I am sure he was just as fine a person outside football. I offer his family my condolances.

Chris Brown ( Atlanta, GA)
From the thousands of UM fans here in Atlanta…our sincere condolences to the campbell family. We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss. However we know you are in a better place. You lived the american dream…you were a Miami Hurricane Football Player! You were a champion and MVP -(Most Valuable Person). God Bless you and your family and friends. Palm Bay Pirate-class of 84