Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/24/12
It's hard to lose a loved one.I have been lucky.  The closest relatives I have ever lost were people I didn't know very well, either because I never had a chance to see them or because they were already mentally fading by the time I was old enough to have many fond memories of them.The closest event I can think of was Steve Sabol's passing.  A friend of mine was stunned at how much it meant to me- after all, I never knew Steve personally.  However, he was still a big part of my childhood, my version of Walt Disney.I had been at work, having a great day, when I saw the news.  I was going to text my friend and tell him I was done for the day, but when I saw the ESPN text message my whole attitude changed, and the "I'm on my way" never got sent.My grief didn't even come close to the grief of my stepmom when she lost her parents (her mom passed about six weeks after her dad).  I can't recall seeing her cry outside of her mom's funeral, but on that day she did.Torrey Smith lost his broth...
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