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The Box family today released a statement regarding the Oklahoma Sooner’s overdose and accidental death.

There is no greater pain than the loss of a child. The pain is intensified by knowing that the death of your child could have been prevented. Austin was a young man who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. He was grateful for his many talents, and felt he must always live up to his gifts. Two words he spoke often say so much, “Of course”. It did not matter who was asking, whether it be a fan asking for an autograph, or simply a stranger wanting to talk–the response was a smile and “Of course”. His greatest fear was letting down other people whether it was his teammates, coaches, friends, or family. In his twenty-two years of life, he never thought to complain because he felt he had been given so much.

Our son endured many injuries during the last seven years of his life, most of them required surgery. The last was the most frightening for him. In August of the 2010 season, he had a disc rupture in his back, and he lost the feeling in his left foot. We were certain his career was over. As always though, he battled back when he saw the team needed him. Willing his battered body back to the field where only the most elite do battle. It is with much sadness; we look back and see that recently Austin had turned to other methods of managing his pain. Methods that we hope if others are employing, they will see this tragic accident as a message and think about the consequences. Our greatest regret is that Austin did not feel he could share his pain with those who loved him, and those he touched. He chose to suffer in silence rather than to feel he let someone down, or hurt his family.

We will forever love, honor, and cherish his memory. Thank you to all of those who have shared stories about how Austin touched your lives in a positive way. We are comforted by the knowledge that God knows what is in a man’s heart. Anyone that knew Austin would give testament to his pure heart. The love and pride we feel for our son cannot be diminished by the cause of his death. He gave us so much joy and so many wonderful memories. He will forever be “Mommy’s baby” and “Daddy’s little boy”.

With much grief and sadness,

Craig and Gail Box


Our hearts go out to the Box family.   Hopefully this serves as a reminder to all parents to closely monitor their loved ones.   Perhaps we can prevent tragedies, like this one, from happening again.








As families, these are the times we cherish most.    The school year is winding down, and we are taking family trips to theme parks, or destinations by land, sea, or air.     Everyone appreciates the family spring break trip.    Most are fun, safe, and treasures to remember.   They typically do not end up like the Griswolds’ vacations.     While those mini disasters are fictional comedy for us to enjoy, there are serious concerns to remember during these vacations.

Teens with more free time are looking for things to do.  Unfortunately, drugs become one of the things they “play around with.”     Kids attend more parties during this time.    Teens bring more than alcohol to these parties.   Marijuana is abundantly plentiful.   It shows up in candy bars, brownies, and other baked goods.     Believe it or not, some teens think that marijuana is safer if it isn’t smoked.    The pot brownies start becoming more attractive.

It’s a good ideas to have a home drug test in the family home.    Parents can allow their teens to enjoy their spring break, with the understanding that the test will be there.

As more school crack down on prom drinking and drug use, parents should be more vigilant as well.    More school districts are utilizing breathalyzers at the dancers, to detect alcohol.   But what they won’t catch are the teens who just ate a big pot laced candy bar.     Kids will be higher than a kite at the dance, and then can continue their drinking at their hotel rooms.

Parents need to be vigilant in summer as well.   While teens often turn to drugs during the school year, as a way to cope, the summer is just an excuse to overuse.