Texas A&M has released an official statement regarding the death of offensive lineman Joe Villavisencio, 22, who was killed Thursday in a two vehicle accident near Normangee, Texas. The statement specifies that Villavisencio swerved his vehicle to avoid a buzzard in the road while travelling southbound on Highway 39. His vehicle collided with a 16-wheeler headed northbound. The driver of the 16-wheeler was not injured.
Former A&M head coach Mike Sherman released a statement, as did current athletic director Bill Byrne:
"The world lost a very special person today," former Texas A&M head football coach Mike Sherman said. "My heart aches for his mom, dad and sister, all of whom were so dear to him. His teammates, coaches and fellow students will remember him as someone who would do anything for anybody. I will always remember him as always offering me a smile whenever we talked and would always answer my questions with a simple, 'yes, coach' or 'no, coach'. He was one of the most respectful and high character players I have ever coached. It was an honor and privilege to have known him, and to have coached him. Although his life on this earth was way too short, his impact on the people he met will be everlasting. I will never forget him."
"Joey V. was a tremendous person and a great Aggie," Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne said. "He epitomized selfless service in making Texas A&M a better football team. He was an excellent student and just a great kid. Joey always had a smile on his face and had such a positive influence on everyone. This is a sad day for Texas A&M and our hearts are broken for his family, his teammates and his friends."
Villavisencio was a true senior who earned his first start against Iowa State in 2008. He is survived by his sister, Mikeala, mother, Christine, and his father, Jose Villavisencio of Jacksonville, Texas.