A celebrated Brentwood Academy alum has died unexpectedly.
Brandon Adams, who had gone to play football at Georgia Tech, passed away Saturday at the age of 21. No cause of death is known at this time.
Adams is a 2016 alum of BA and a captain and state champion for the football program. He also excelled at track and field and wrestling as an Eagle.
“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is heartbroken by the news of Brandon’s passing,” GA’s head football coach Geoff Collins said in a release from the school.
“In the short time that I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Brandon, I admired and respected him, first and foremost as a terrific human being, but also as an outstanding teammate and leader. Jennifer and I offer our thoughts, prayers and unconditional support to his parents, Lisa and Reginald, his sister, Rian, and all of his family and friends, especially his brothers in our football program.”
Arrangements are not complete at this time, per Georgia Tech.
The football community at Brentwood Academy and beyond poured out condolences for the tragic loss and exalted Adams’ character.
BA’s Twitter account shared many the messages below, with others sharing similar outpourings of support and memory.
So sad to hear the news about @uprising_MMXVI this morning. He was a beast on the field and a gentle giant off the field. He will definitely be missed. Please lift this family up in your prayers.
— BA Football (@theBAFootball) March 24, 2019
Susan and I were crushed when we learned about Brandon Adams this morning. He was without a doubt one of the finest people that I’ve had the opportunity to know. He was a talented young man and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and teammates.
— Paul Johnson (@CoachPCJ) March 24, 2019
VUFB thoughts and prayers go out to the Adams Family, GT🏈 & Brentwood Academy. Brandon was a talented student -athlete, a wonderful young man to recruit and a great friend to many. His Big Personality will be missed but his kindness will be remembered forever 💫 R.I.P
— Derek Mason (@CoachDerekMason) March 24, 2019
Wow 😞 REST IN PEACE Big Brandon ❤️.. please keep his family and friends in your thoughts & prayers. I know God makes no mistakes and I will never question the Lord. He got a angel wit this one! Please cherish your friends and family. Count your blessings each & every day 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/sw1OMMQU2l
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) March 24, 2019
B. Since we were 5 you were nothing but kind and loving to anyone that you met. I’m thankful to have had the chance to know such an amazing person. I’m sad to see you go but I know you’re with your Father with that big smile on your face. I love you brother! Fly High❤️😔 pic.twitter.com/E9Hq4QeHbx
— Kodak Quil (@Aaquil_Annoor) March 24, 2019
Prayers out for his family and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He could always light up a room and make everyone smile. Rest easy big Brandon pic.twitter.com/p074qsbSs3
— Isaac Way (@IsaacWay12) March 24, 2019
I, like so many others, will NEVER forget you, buddy. I loved every single thing about you. We all can agree that you are one of the best there has ever been in so many ways. Always and forever, @uprising_MMXVI pic.twitter.com/TC9bvBuMTt
— Coach Lilly (@coachlillyBA) March 24, 2019
Our hearts are broken by the sudden passing of Brandon Adams. He was a tremendous teammate and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. https://t.co/bNXgnwwu03 pic.twitter.com/LaZlicpnEg
— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) March 24, 2019
Big Brandon was one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. Rest easy brother & keep an eye out for me up there! Prayers up to all his family and friends. https://t.co/bL1AKWo93i
— Brîan Garvey (@BrianGarvey72) March 24, 2019
Brandon was a problem the first day he strapped it up as a freshman but was one of the nicest guys I knew off the field. RIP big guy 🙏🏿 https://t.co/OnJEfy4G0y
— Stephen Miller (@stephenmiller61) March 24, 2019
One of the nicest people I ever knew, always had a smile on his face and treated people with kindness. Much love B rest easy ❤️👼🏾 https://t.co/NELMvICNYY
— Camron Johnson (@camjohnson_23) March 24, 2019
The true definition of a gentle giant. A beast on the field and a great friend off of it. Will miss the enthusiastic “Hey Bryce!” I got every time I saw him. We’re gonna miss you Big Brandon! pic.twitter.com/X6Qa9i5M41
— Bryce Mathews (@bmathews76) March 24, 2019
Heartbroken at this news.
To those that knew him, Brandon was joyful, kind, and hilarious.
He was so much more than a dominant football player, he was the kind of friend we all aspire to be.
— Drew DeLong (@drewtdelong) March 24, 2019
He was a big man with a big heart who brought joy to all of us. We’ll miss that smile, Brandon.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/6dLLzgqWNj
— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) March 24, 2019
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) March 24, 2019
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) March 24, 2019
— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) March 24, 2019
We join the Georgia Tech family in mourning the loss of Brandon Adams. Our condolences go out to his family, teammates and friends. https://t.co/RBt4NkZQ3I
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) March 24, 2019
On behalf of Wake Forest, we would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Brandon Adams, along with the entire Georgia Tech community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. #ACCFamily https://t.co/ONwJ1ZBsby
— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) March 24, 2019
Sending our heartfelt condolences to our neighbors at Georgia Tech. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Brandon Adams. https://t.co/KNIEMMEJiQ
— GSU Football (@GeorgiaStateFB) March 24, 2019
Photo from Georgia Tech athletics.