College football is an escape. This is a spectacular sight, school pride and passion. It’s something that has bonded friends for decades. This is a beautiful chaos that takes over our Saturdays every autumn.

None of this was the same this weekend after the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this week. Three Virginia footballers were killed Sunday night in a fatal mass shooting. The victims, Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chander and D’Shawn Perry, were what mattered this weekend. They were memorialized on Saturday in Charlottesville. Nothing that happened on the pitch seems particularly important, given that three young lives were needlessly taken in gun violence.

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However, these student-athletes loved the beautiful game of American football. So, with that in mind, let’s recap this weekend of fieldwork, and let’s not forget the families of those affected by what happened in UV-A.