Pitt Football logoPitt Football

Greg Romeus, Pitt's Star Defensive End, Lost His Mother This Past Sunday

Dave DeBlasioCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2010

Football consumes our interest and time, especially now.

As fans we are sometimes too quick to reach for the biting, critical comment. We sometimes forget about the sacrifices the young players we support make every day to play the game and to keep it all together.

When Pitt defensive end Greg Romeus left the team to travel back home to Florida for personal reasons, some fans questioned Greg's dedication and focus.

But Greg was dealing with a very personal matter, one that for any one of us—especially those of us who have been through the same thing—is tragic and life-altering at the same time.

Greg's mother lost her battle with cancer and passed away Sunday.

For Greg, his mother's illness was a very private matter. We all have to respect his decision to handle it the way he saw fit.

Now our prayers and sympathy go out to him.

If you've ever been shaken to the core by a series of catastrophic events, you know time, patience, and understanding are the best antidotes.

Pitt fans are looking forward to Greg's return to the football field in six weeks, as Dave Wannstedt has stated.

Greg's return may take longer than six weeks.

As fans, we will continue to wish Greg well and deal with his absence.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices