ATHENS, Ga. — The Hilinski family departed their hotel on Saturday for Sanford Stadium two hours before kickoff. They banked left on Broad Street, then hung a right into the perfectly manicured, sun-kissed, tree-lined campus at the University of Georgia. They strolled past ticket scalpers and barbecue pits and stands selling boiled peanuts and tents cooling kegs at 10 a.m. They shouted greetings to fellow South Carolina fans. They did everything they could to tamper their emotions, to not stress over the day, the game or the season. To not dwell on the son they lost and how he died.
Georgia fans are calling on others to support a South Carolina football gameday tradition — “Forever to Three,” to honor the death of the brother of South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski. Per the tradition, students raise three fingers up to the sky during the beginning and end of the third quarter.
Thousands at Williams-Brice Stadium showed support for Tyler Hilinski, the late brother of Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski.
The number on South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski’s jersey symbolizes a brother’s eternal bond, and hope for a family trying to heal from unimaginable hardship.