The Denver Broncos family suffered a major blow when the parents of running backs coach Eric Studesville, 67-year-old Alfonso Studeville and 68-year-old Janet Studesville, died in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday afternoon. According to a report from ConnectAmarillo.com, the Studesvilles were driving a motorcycle on Highway 54 in Texas when a truck towing a grain trailer moved into the wrong lane (eastbound to westbound) and struck the motorcycle head on. The Studesvilles were thrown from their motorcycle into a ditch.
According to the report, Anthony Dewayne Buck, the driver of the truck, was uninjured. The Texas Department of Safety is investigating the accident.
The Broncos issued the following statement on Wednesday morning.
“Our most heartfelt condolences go to Eric Studesville and his entire family following the tragic loss of his parents, Al and Jan Studesville. We were devastated to learn of their passing today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric and his family, and our organization will support them however possible during this difficult time.”
The Broncos cancelled their scheduled press conferences on Wednesday with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Studesville is in his fourth season coaching the Broncos' running backs. He was also the team's interim head coach for the last three games of the 2010 season after former head coach Josh McDaniels was fired. Studesville's father was a frequent visitor to practice when his son had that position, and he talked about the role his parents played in his success in a Dec., 2010 article for the Denver Post.
"I'm a teacher, and I teach the game of football," Eric Studesville said. "What my parents instilled in me are the same things important to me today. Those are the qualities I try to push now, and what I'm trying to express to the players. I just want your best. Let's go out and play as hard as we can for as long as we can, and see what happens."