Football: Ted Agu dies during workout

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Ted Agu, a 21-year-old member of the Cal football team, died Friday morning during a conditioning workout.

“This is a very difficult time for our football family,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed.”

Greg Kragen, a former NFL player with the Denver Broncos and the father of Cal defensive end Kyle Kragen, said his son told him a player passed out during a team run on Friday morning.

A separate tip received by this newspaper said he died at a local hospital.

Agu, a senior-to-be from Bakersfield, was a backup defensive end for the Bears. Originally a non-scholarship player at Cal, he was was surprised by Dykes at a team meeting last March with the news he was being put on scholarship.

In a video interview last spring with CalTV, Agu called that “an unbelievable experience.”

A public health major at Cal, Agu earned Pac-12 All-Academic second-team honors after compiling a 3.28 grade-point average last fall.

He played in seven of Cal’s 12 games last season, totaling six tackles.

Reaction from his teammates was swift.

Freshman teammate Cameron Walker said on Twitter: “You left too soonBut ur in a better place now. & we all have another guardian angel watching over us. I love you, Ted. I miss you already.”

Quarterback Jared Goff tweeted, “I’ll never forget you Ted,” and freshman lineman Eril Bunte, on Twitter, called Agu, “The best example of a true Cal football player. On and off the field …. One of the best men I had the HONOR of knowing.”

Freshman Jonah Hodges said Agu made himself available to help teammates with their academics.

“Prayers out to ted and his family guy was incredibly smart would help me and the other younger guys whenever we needed it in the classroom,” Hodges tweeted.

Earlier, the football office confirmed Agu’s death in an email to parents of players.

“As many of you may have heard, the Cal Football Family suffered a tragic loss this morning,” the email read. “One of our beloved players, Ted Agu, has passed away. We have few details at this moment, but will communicate with the entire football family once they come to light.

“Please keep Ted and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

A news release from the Cal athletic department said players were being provided counseling services. The release also said more information would be provided when it becomes available.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Darren-daredevilfan

    So sorry for family. We are cursed.

  • Wehofx

    Condolences to Ted’s family.

    A true student athlete. Pre Med Ted.

    RIP #35

  • KC

    Such terrible news. RIP Ted and heartfelt condolences to his family.

  • HeteroscedasticBear

    Ted, You are a Golden Bear forever!

  • covinared

    So sad for someone so good to go so young.

  • Sherman

    A wonderful wonderful young man — he was everything you wanted to represent Cal as a student-athlete. He worked hard on his studies, loved the sciences, had a great gpa — and that was just the student side of Ted. He was also a kind gentle giant — caring, warm, always laughing. This is horrible.

  • Rollonubears

    When you see 1992-2014 under a person’s image, it really hits you hard. This is awful.

  • Will

    Just horrible news. RIP.

  • WanderingBearIV

    This makes you put things in perspective. I am so sorry for Ted’s famlily’s loss as well as the Cal community.

  • Boaltblue

    Today, all members of the Cal Family are hurting. God bless Ted’s soul, and his family and friends.

  • Eric

    Horrible news.

  • LA_Ed

    Oh God! This a REAL tragedy.

  • Eric

    I read elsewhere that his nickname on the team was Pre-Med Ted. A guy using his football skills to earn a scholarship so he could go to medical school and pass on the good works, and in the meantime is a role model for the younger Bears. Tragic is right.

  • Juancho

    No real words I can provide that are appropriate. This tragedy is an example of pure pain and the truest form of loss a family can face. I wish him eternal peace, and I wish his family a timely road towards finding a place of peace and understanding in their hearts.

    A life is precious. Our impact and appreciation for one another is all that really lives on. Let’s let this young man be an example for us and be a light we can strive towards when it comes to living life with love and understanding.

  • Milo

    Man we lost a good Bear today. Ted walked on, made the team, was an academic All-American and was on his way to being a M.D. He was also loved by his team. Cal has to find a way to honor this kid. He’s the epitome of a Golden Bear.

    Go Bears! Remember #35.

  • Larry

    My prayers go out to Ted and his family. This is a very sad day. Sounds like a real stand up guy.

  • 707 Bear

    A true student-athlete like Ted Agu is the reason why I climb up to row 73 at Memorial and scream my head off on a few Saturdays in the fall.


  • Wehofx


    ///@stevenmoore73: Please any donation counts. Spread the word. Ted Agu Memorial Fund | Memorial/Funeral – http://t.co/gKFdaqZNFe http://t.co/pxmxkeVtiG

    Let’s do what we can. RIP #35

  • Eric

    Wehofx – thank you. I just donated.

  • Juancho

    Im donating.

    I think its embarassing the school hasnt come out and said they will pay for the funeral costs.

    Poorly handled by our administration.

    Youre telling me a player died in an organized team activity and on top of that the parents are dealing with the financial stress of this in addition to heart break?

    That my friends is not in line with who UC Berkeley is.

  • 1brsfan

    My condolences to the Agu family. I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through. Ted was the epitome of a student athlete. He was a student first, then an athlete. He’s the type of student athlete that makes me cheer for Cal week in and week out regardless of the outcome. May he rest in peace.

  • Juancho

    I spoke to Sandy Barbour today. She confirmed UC has received NCAA clearance and will cover all costs for the Agu family. I thank her for this. Right thing to do.

  • 707 Bear


    Are you well?

    Self-imposed blog silence?

    Not the same without you.