Just got word that former Garden City Community College defensive end Brett Spresser has died in a grain elevator accident. It’s the second time this week tragedy has hit the Jayhawk Conference — Hutchinson Community College outfielder Sean Banks died in a grain elevator accident last Thursday.
Spresser, 21, was from Gem and played for the Busters in 2007 and 2008. I interviewed him numerous times and it was obvious he had a way about him that made everybody comfortable. He seemed almost painted off some old football serial novel from the 1950s — 6-foot-5 and almost 300 pounds but quick as a cat, dusty blonde hair and a mischievous look in his eye but a kind word for all who crossed his path. And man could he play.
My deepest condolences go out to Spresser’s family and my heart goes out to his beautiful baby girl — he’d recently become a father for the first time.
Spresser was part of GCCC football coach Lucas Aslin’s first recruiting class. When I contacted Aslin tonight the first thing he told me was what a great kid Spresser was and how much he’d be missed. Aslin, obviously, was torn up.
He will be missed, truly.