Luke Joeckel announced yesterday that he is setting up a $50,000 endowment fund to honor his friend and fallen A&M teammate Joey Villavisencio. Aggie Athletics released their in depth interview here, and dived into the impact that Joey V had on Joeckel.
“When I first got down here after graduating high school early, (reserve offensive lineman Joey Villavisencio) was the first guy who really took me under his wing and showed me how to be a student-athlete and how to be a man,” Joeckel recalled recently. “He was that perfect example because he worked and played his tail off every single day. He was also in an extremely hard major (radiological health engineering). He was also involved in CARPOOL (a student-run non-profit organization serving the Bryan/College Station community with free rides home every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.) and many other organizations on campus. He showed my brother, Matt, and me how to be an influential person on campus and on the team. He was just a great guy.”
Tragically, Joey was killed in a head on car collision December 22, 2011. He was returning from volunteering at Twin City Mission in Bryan where he and a couple other teammates gave away toys for families in need. His final act was providing joy to a child that might not have received any toys on Christmas morning. It was just the kind of guy he was.
“(Former A&M offensive line coach Jim) Turner always said (Villavisencio) was going to be the most successful out of all of us. Some of us may go off to the NFL, but that won’t compare to what Joey will do with his life. He will be the President someday. He was that type of guy. Being able to have the opportunity to give back and to do this in his name is a true honor. And I wanted to make sure whoever (received the annual scholarship) was in the band and was an athlete. Joey used to always talk about how he would play football and then take off his shoulder pads at halftime and play in the marching band at home. The scholarship is for another great person who is a lot like Joey.”
Again, Aggie Athletics has the full story here and it is a must read for all Aggies.