Another painful lesson in life


For the second time in less than three years, the Florida football team (and everybody else who follows the Gators) has been hit with the harsh reality that life can be way too short.

The latest reminder came Sunday with the news that former walk-on defensive tackle Lamar Abel died suddenly of cardiac arrest after doing volunteer work with members of his fraternity.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news,” UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said. “Lamar was a proud member of our program and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Abel, who is from Pompano Beach, joined the UF football team prior to the 2007 season and was a member of the 2007 and 2008 teams. He played in one game, in 2008 against The Citadel.

Abel was teammates with walk-on quarterback Michael Guilford, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 12, 2007, on the Thursday night of the Gators’ open date.

It’s another sad day for the Gators — and another reminder to us all how fragile life is.