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Coaches, friends remember Park Stevens

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Updated: 7/06/2013 11:01 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The funeral of Ole Miss football offensive lineman Park Stevens was held in Columbus.

According to family, friends and football coaches, Park Stevens was full of life and spirit.

"He's that kid you loved to coach because he made if fun and he worked hard," said East Central Community College Offensive Lineman Coach Kyle Watson. "He gave 100 percent all the time. He was larger than life in football with his size and personality."

Ole Miss Rebels Head Coach Hugh Freeze said, "There was not a single time Park did not bring in a positive vibe with him."

Hundreds of people gathered at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church to mourn the loss of a life taken too soon.

Stevens was killed on July 3rd after his pick up truck collided into the back of an eighteen wheeler.

One of Steven's passion in life was football.

After high school, he played for East Central Community College where he then transferred to Ole Miss as a walk-on offensive lineman.

Even in high school, his coach at the time said Stevens' was one who never gave up.

"He improved every day,"  Michael Bradly said. "There was never a day that me and the coaching staff would meet after practice and say 'Well, Park Stevens took a step backward today.' He took steps forward

Those who spoke at the service said he worked even harder off the field to make a positive impact on others.

Many say it's not football he will be remembered for, but instead, it will be his vibrant, caring personality.

"Park was a special young man to my family," Watson said. "I have been blessed to have known him. Park will be deeply missed and never forgotten."

Stevens was 20 years old.
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