While a poor performance in a college football game can feel like the end of the world to player (and to fans of his team), Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray recently got a terrible reminder of the relative unimportance of these games.
After Murray's Bulldogs got dominated by South Carolina on Saturday night, the junior quarterback returned home to news far worse than the 35-7 final score. Not only did he find his house trashed by unruly fans who were disappointed with the team's performance, but he later found out that his father had been diagnosed with cancer.
Following his 11-for-31 performance with one interception, Murray and linebacker Christian Robinson returned to their rented home to find it egged and covered with toilet paper. Robinson took to Twitter to react to the mess.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Murray found out on Sunday evening that his father had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and would be undergoing surgery on Monday in Tampa, Fla. Per the report, Murray's dad was diagnosed "a few weeks ago" but his parents had not told him until Sunday. He tweeted about his father again on Monday morning.
Radi Nabulsi of ESPN.com reported that Josh Murray, Aaron's brother, posted a message on his Facebook page.
“My family is going to need all the prayers we can get, my dad just told us he has thyroid cancer and it’s spreading and he's having surgery early tomorrow morning. This is a very tough time for all of us, please, please, please pray for a successful surgery!”