For the past 20 years, Brad Gaines has driven 175 miles from Nashville, Tennessee, to Russellville, Alabama, three times a year to visit the tiny cemetery where a friend he barely knew is laid to rest.

In 1989, after a collision on a typical football play, Gaines, a tailback for Vanderbilt, walked back to his team’s huddle, but Chucky Mullins, a safety for Mississippi, didn’t get up.

Gaines’ heartbreaking story is one of tragedy and guilt, reconciliation and redemption, friendship and hope. Take a moment to read it now at AOL’s Fanhouse site, you won’t regret it.

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