RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - The community continues to mourn the loss of Stan Black, who was killed in a crash on Friday.
"He was a great man, a great friend and man of integrity," said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee.
Black was the owner of the Bulldog Construction Company in Madison.
"All of our staff that worked around him loved him because he was honorable, added Mayor McGee. "Just a great reputation, easy to work with, got the job done on a timely basis and when his bids came in, you knew you were going to get a great job done," added McGee.
Black did a lot of work for the City of Ridgeland.
He named his construction company after his alma mater, Mississippi State University.
According to those who knew him, Black wasn't your average Bulldog fan, he was much more.
From 1973 to 1976, he played football at Mississippi State. He was named All-SEC twice, and an All-American in 1976.
"Stan Black was more than an iconic legend at Mississippi state," said his friend Terry Powell. "He was great family man, a great servant to the community."
Powell said he and Black met seven years ago at a tailgate.
He was in a business meeting when he received the email that Black had been killed.
An SUV was hauling sheet rock on the back of a trailer when some of it fell onto Interstate 55.
Black pulled over to assist the passenger who was removing the sheet rock. That's when police say a vehicle slammed into the trailer, into the passenger and into Black.
Powell said he was devastated, but then he realized what his friend had done.
"I guarantee you Stan didn't feel like he had a choice," he said. "When he pulled up on that scene, there wasn't an option of him thinking should I or shouldn't I? It was just I should."
Even though he's gone, he will never forget the type of man, husband and friend that Black was, Powell added.
"His legacy will live on, well past our lifetime. He is just that big of a guy," he said. "The football season is going to be hard without him, but I do know that he is gonna have the best seat."