Joey Grosso was added to the roster of the Miami Hurricanes on July 28, on July 29 he died in a tragic scuba accident during the first day of the lobster mini-season. The Miami Herald reports that Grosso, a linebacker, was named part of the team’s 105 roster as a walk on.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was About to Start Law School in Miami
RIP Joey Grosso. Definitely a huge impact on why I took pursuing college football so seriously. Gone but never forgotten.
— Jeff Schmidt (@JeffSchmidt35) July 31, 2014
Grosso had just graduated from Penn State in May 2014 and was due to start law school at the University of Miami in the fall. His former coach at Penn told the Daily Pennsylavnian:
Joe was a terrific young man, an accomplished student and an outstanding player. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family during this very difficult period.
Grosso had been dating a girl named, Alexa Iannuzzi, who left a heartbreaking tribute to her boyfriend on Facebook:
2. Grosso Was a ‘Diehard’ Hurricanes Fan
As a native of Lighthouse Point in South Florida, Grosso grew up a fan of the Hurricanes. His cousin, Michael Becker told the Herald:
This has been the most tragic 24 hours that anyone in our family has ever experienced. He was a diehard UM fan — our whole family is. He didn’t even care about playing; he just wanted to say he was a Miami Hurricane. It meant the world to him.
3. Grosso Was Eligible to Play For the Hurricanes Right Away
During his time in Penn’s football program, Grosso achieved 43 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception across 31 games. He was eligible to play for the Hurricanes straight away.
4. Grosso Separated Himself From His Diving Party
Grosso died on July 29 near Pompano Beach. He had been on a commercial boat with a large group of lobstermen. The group had just got out of the water at 8:30 a.m. before Gross decided to go on a 40-foot dive alone. When he did not return, the alarm was raised. Eventually, Grosso was found unconscious and transferred quickly to EMTs who brought him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, reports CBS Miami.
5. He Was a Big Miami Sports Fan
Grosso graduated from Penn with a degree in Economics. In Florida, he attended Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton. According to his Facebook page, Grosso was Miami sports through-and-through, pledging his allegiance to the Heat, the Dolphins, and of course, the Hurricanes.