Out of tragedy, comes hope. A hope that future Trojans will set similar standard of how to live their lives like Nathan Harris.
Nathan's father Johnny Harris explains, "The personal relationship with the coaches and players started the day after Nathans wreck, on Sunday morning someone is at our front door."
That someone was Troy University head football coach Neal Brown, who made the three-hour drive to Gulf Shores to let Nathan Harris’ parents know one thing:
" We embrace him, he was a teammate, once you are in our Troy family, you are always in our Troy Family," Neal Brown said.
That resonated with the Harris Family and they soon found out they wouldn’t go through this tragedy alone.
"He's not fake, he’s not a glad-hander, he’s not just gonna pat you on the back. He’s real, and because he’s genuine the kids pick up on that."
The embrace extended beyond the head coach. His staff and Nathan’s teammates reached out with more than just condolences. They sent daily text messages, presented the Harris’ a game ball from the first home victory. It seemed Nathan’s passing had touched the entire Trojans team.
"Nathan was one of the greatest people that a person could meet, not even talking about in sports but just as a person," said Brandon Silvers, Troy starting quarterback
"Nate made my transition to division one football and transition to Troy so much easier, if i need advice he was always there for me," said Kris Weatherspoon, Nathan's teammate
Coach Brown took it a step further, using Nathan’s example of how one person can impact so many others. "We call it the Nathan Harris service award it really goes to player on our team that serves their teammates and serves the community because that’s what Nathan Harris is about."