Our friend and colleague Griffin Rucker passed away earlier this month. He meant a lot to many people, and we wanted to say some words about Griffin. We also want to preface this by saying that if you, or anyone you know is dealing with something, please do not be afraid to reach out. I promise you matter. The suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Now, some words about our friend Griffin.
“Griffin Rucker passed away on July 4th, 2020. Griffin was my first friend on Twitter. I joined back in 2011 so I could follow people who wanted to talk about the Denver Nuggets. I followed Griffin because his profile picture was three logos in one: the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Cowboys, and Colorado Rockies. I thought to myself, ‘wow, someone else likes all these teams too?’
Griffin’s love for the Dallas Cowboys is something we shared in common. It’s a bit hard to find people in Colorado who openly support the Cowboys. In High School people used to be a bit rude to me about my support of the Cowboys. Whenever I felt frustrated or wanted to talk about Dallas with someone, I’d DM Griffin. We had many conversations over Twitter. In fact, I never had the pleasure of interacting with Griffin in person. Yet, over 8 years, I considered Griffin a good friend and one of the few people I felt shared my experience being a sports fan.
Griffin also loved Star Wars: something I love. He was just a really great friend and someone I felt connected with because we shared all these similar passions, which didn’t always cross over with each other. How hard is it to find someone who loves Star Wars, Tony Romo, and Nikola Jokic? Griffin was very special in that way.
In 2018, I decided that I wanted to start my own sports and pop culture website. I wanted a place to be able to write about Star Wars one day, and the Nuggets the next. Before I had a chance to message Griffin about joining, he messaged me. I received a DM from Griffin about it, and he told me he’d ‘love the opportunity to help.’ The way Griffin messaged me here is important. It speaks to who Griffin was as a person. He didn’t ask me if he could write about certain things, he just wanted the opportunity to help. I immediately responded with ‘Dude you were low key my #1 target’ in referring to who I wanted to come on-board to the site. He then told me he’d want to cover the NFL and Star Wars, but also ‘whatever else you need.’ Griffin was such a giving and unselfish person.
Griffin went on to write 19 articles for The All Around, the most by anyone besides myself. He helped to shape the website into what it is: a place where people write about what they’re passionate about. Griffin’s passions helped him find his voice, as he also wrote for the CU Independent. You can find his work here. The CU Independent also published an article remembering Griffin, which you can find here.
What I’m going to miss most about Griffin is just how unique of a person he was. I find that I have interests in a bunch of different fields that seldom cross over, but Griffin was the same way. We shared views on sports, films, music, and everything in-between. It’s hard for me to imagine what my life would be like without him. He’s someone who helped me find my voice, knowing I’m not alone in the things I love.
Death is such a sudden thing. I had no idea Griffin was in pain. I wish I was able to help him. I’ve been battling depression for 10 years now and it’s not a fight anyone should feel they’re going through alone. Please reach out to your loved ones. You genuinely never know what a person could be going through. I will miss Griffin’s light very much, but his light will never go out. He’s inspired me, and Griffin will be with me for the rest of my life. He’s helped shaped who I am and who I am going to be. He’s been my friend for 8 years and will be my friend for many more. Rest in Peace man. We miss you. ”
Griffin was a talented and kind person, whom I loved working with on The All Around. He went far too early. His passion for sports shows greatly in his works, and our love for the Nuggets is what connected us immediately. Griffin’s undying pride for the teams that he loved reminded me why I love being a sports nut. Grif exemplified the magic in which sports can unify and connect people from all kinds of backgrounds. Though I never met you in person, I know someday I will. Rest easy Griffin.
Jeff Morton (@jmorton78):
“I never met Griffin in person but I always knew of him. I think everyone in Nuggets twitter knew Griffin Rucker. Straight up decent guy who loved both the Nuggets and the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a huge loss for everyone who interacted with him all these years and my heart goes out to his family and friends. We lost a great Nuggets fan and an even better human being.”
“Griffin was a true Nuggets fan. He loved his team and was passionate about them. I always enjoyed my interactions with him. He brightened my day whenever I saw his tweets! Now as the season is about to start up again I will miss hearing from him. RIP Griffin.”
“Although I didn’t know him personally, Griffin seemed like a great guy and he was one of the few people I could talk both Nuggets and Halo with. He will be missed.”
There is a Go Fund Me for the Rucker family, and The All Around would greatly appreciate any support you can give them at this time. You can find the link for that here.