The death of former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny affected several of his ex-teammates, but perhaps none more than fellow back Kenyan Drake.
The junior penned a lengthy Instagram note to Tenpenny, who died in a one-car accident on Tuesday evening.
“The advice you gave me will be forever engrained in my memory of you,” Drake wrote, “because I realize now more than ever that life is too short not to keep a big smile on my face like you always had.”
Read the full note below:
The tears never stopped since I heard the news. I couldn't sleep last night thinking about the memories we shared from when you and @last_king_2 were juniors and I was a senior in high school at the opening just competing and having fun. We became friends then and I knew both of you were going to be special then and we all came to Alabama and became brothers. Anybody who knew you knew that this smile could light up a room no matter the circumstances. We went through a lot of growing up together those two years you were on campus because we both were hard headed and always seemed to stay in some kind of trouble. But even through the bad times you always stayed the same and motivated me to be my best because you always saw the best in people. And when we hit the field it was nothing but love even though we both played the same position and were battling for playing time. The advice you gave me will forever be engrained in my memory of you because I realize now more than ever that life is too short not to keep a big smile on my face like you always had. I know you had it rough this last year bouncing from school to school and in and out of trouble but one thing we could all count on was for you to keep smiling through it all. I know we all have a angel in the sky now smiling down on us. I love you lil bro. Fly high Tee! ??