Originally posted on Denver Post  |  Last updated 2/1/12

Indianapolis — New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said his former junior college teammate Damien Nash still pops through his mind.

“I think about him all the time,” Jacobs said. “I’m talking about a talented guy who had it all.”

Jacobs and Nash shared the same backfield at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Nash was a Broncos backup running back in 2006 but he collapsed of a fatal heart attack on Feb. 24, 2007 following a charity basketball game he organized to raise funds for his brother, who was waiting for a heart transplant.

“A great friend of mine,” Jacobs said of Nash. “I was torn apart when I saw on TV what had happened. He was a great running back. Great kick returner as well. He was a good dude.”

Jacobs has enjoyed a nice, seven-year career so far with the Giants, rushing for 1,009 yards in 2007, when he helped New York win the Super Bowl, and another 1,089 yards in 2008.

But football hasn’t always gone smoothly for Jacobs, who has been a backup to Ahmad Bradshaw the past two seasons. Nash’s death at 24 helps Jacobs keep his tough times in perspective.

“Oh, no question,” Jacobs said. “You never know when it’s going to be taken away from you. You’ve got to enjoy and cherish every minute of it or it can be gone just like that.”

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