The Texas Tech Athletic Department is mourning the loss of former Red Raider defensive back, Derrick Briggs. Briggs died in a car accident in Houston Wednesday morning. It was his 31st birthday.
Employees in the athletic department who knew Briggs as a player say he was a role model to the team both on and off the field. Briggs made headlines in Lubbock as the Red Raider walk-on football player turned starter with several big plays during his last season in 2000, which was also the first season for Coach Mike Leach.
Those who knew Briggs say he was also a serious student, and leaves behind a legacy all athletes can learn from. "He was a tireless worker on the field. He came in as not necessarily a heralded athlete, but he worked his way into the lineup, and he did a great job. He was very hard working, and very dedicated, and very good in the classroom which is most important. That's something I think our current student athletes could model themselves after him", said Associate Athletic Director Chris Cook.
NewsChannel 11 has new information on the funeral services for the former Tech player. The visitation will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at the Pace-Stancil funeral home and services are at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church. Both are located in Dayton, Texas.
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