It was nine years ago almost to the day. I was calling some former Gator players to get their reaction to the death of their former coach. Charley Pell had lost his battle with lung cancer.
Then I dialed Jarvis Williams’ cell phone.
The voice on the other end cracked with emotion. One of the toughest defensive backs I ever covered was crying. He had to pull off to the side of the road.
We media boys are born gossips. We love to be the first one to tell you something. This was one night where it was not fun.Jarvis had so much admiration for his coach that even though he knew it was coming it overwhelmed him.
This one we couldn’t know was coming.
On Wednesday when Robbie Andreu and I were putting together phone numbers to call to get reaction to the death of one of the best defensive backs to play for the Gators.
He’d hit you hard and then hit you again. And yet he had a knack for the ball.
But when I think of Jarvis Williams, I will think of the joy on his face when he was describing the home he was building for his mom in Palatka.
That’s all we can feel today.