LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sadly, Mark Stoops can relate to the heartache his star running back, Stanley “Boom” Williams, is feeling right now.
Like Williams, who revealed on social media this week that his younger sister passed away, Stoops lost a loved one during his playing career at Iowa. Stoops’ father Ron died suddenly of a heart attack while coaching a high school game at his alma mater in Youngstown, Ohio, when Mark was just 21.
Having a huge extended family – his teammates and coaches – to come back to “is very important” for Williams, Stoops said.
“It was certainly helpful to me when I lost my father while I was in college. It was good to get right back into a routine and have a lot of people around you that support you and want to be there to help you.
“And you feel a certain amount on yourself to not want to let the other guys down, too, so it makes you kind of pick yourself up and get back to work.”
Gotta do it for my lil sister I know she watchin over me ????
— Boom Williams (@boom_that_guy) July 19, 2016
To that end, Williams, who has produced 2,088 all-purpose yards in his first two seasons at Kentucky, tweeted that he’ll be playing in honor of his sister this season. He’ll have no shortage of shoulders to lean on, though, whenever the grief is too much.
“We are his home away from home and trying to be very supportive of Boom,” Stoops said. “He’s handling it the best he can. He’s been at almost all the workouts. He went home and went back for the funeral and the services and was back at work.”
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