Former San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee is in Cleveland with the Browns, but given his long tenure with the 49ers, he is not a guy we will be forgetting anytime soon. Unfortunately, Lee is in the news with the Browns for the worst of reasons.
Lee wore No. 4 with the 49ers and will switch to No. 8. He chose the number to commemorate a terrible loss in his family. His wife had their third chid, a daughter, back in January. Unfortunately complications resulted in Lee's newborn daughter passing away after only eight days. He has chosen No. 8 to honor the eight days of his daughter's life.
"I think sometimes, not necessarily by me and my wife, her life can get overlooked. She was here, she was a person but nobody got to meet her, nobody got to see her," Lee said. "She was really alive and really a person. It's a way to honor her and kind of just give her some glory she deserves."
Lee spoke to the Cleveland Browns official website about the number change, and I'm pretty sure this is the first time this has come up. I can't even begin to imagine the pain Lee's family is going through. I imagine they did not make this information public previously so that they could grieve in private.
The pain is still fresh, but Lee is quick to point to "blessings that have come out of the horrible situation."
"It's just kind of changed the mindset of, say, your son's outside and you don't feel like getting up and throwing the ball with him because you're tired. Well, get your butt up and go out there and do it because who knows?" Lee said. "You give everything you can to them because it shows that sometimes you don't know if something is going to happen.
"It's crazy how life is. In a way, that's one of the positive things to come out of it. Life is really fragile even though sometimes you don't think about it that way." "
I cannot imagine anything much worse than losing a child. Our thoughts are with Andy, his wife Rachel, and the whole Lee family.