Future meetings inside the South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback room will now include a visual reminder of one of the program’s greats.
A new end graphic Phil Petty was added to the wall this week in the QB meeting room at the Cyndi and Kenneth Long family’s football operations center. The wall now includes images of former Gamecock Petty quarterbacks Connor Shaw, Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs, Steve Taneyhill, Jeff Grantz and Anthony Wright.
The reveal of the wall chart coincided with a visit to the South Carolina football center and practice on Friday by Petty’s wife, Morgan, and their two children, Sage and McCoy. Head Coach Shane Beamer said the USC program will continue to honor Petty and his family.
“They’re family here at Gamecock Nation,” Beamer said ahead of preseason camp, “and we’re asking everyone to continue to hug this family and help them through this time really, really, really difficult.”
Former Gamecock running back Ryan Brewer gave an inspirational speech to current South Carolina players in remembrance of Petty. A video of Brewer’s message to the team in which he praised Petty’s leadership qualities was shared on social media on Saturday.
The two were teammates under coach Lou Holtz at South Carolina and were instrumental in the Gamecocks’ back-to-back Outback Bowl victories over Ohio State in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
“One thing I hope is that you never have to go through what this family has to go through, what our brothers had to go through losing such a young one,” Brewer told the Gamecocks. “I hope this never happens to you. I hope if this happens it hurts so much because you love this man so much.
“Everyone in this room, look left and right of you. These guys are gonna be your brother forever. Still.”
Petty died on July 21 at age 43.
“Phil was rushed to hospital with internal bleeding and bleeding,” Morgan Petty said in a Facebook post.
The family also launched the Phil Petty Scholarship Foundation “in aid of a future Gamecock Football player. Funds raised in Phil’s name will go directly to supporting a Gamecock Football student-athlete in their quest to personify Phil’s legacy as a Gamecock legend.
This story was originally published August 13, 2022 4:53 p.m.