After battling a brain tumor for a year, North Gwinnett alum Christopher Miles died Monday.
Miles was a standout athlete in football and basketball at North, where he graduated in 2019. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2019 that required surgery. He had been a student at Georgia Southern.
“Chris was a determined young man,” North head football coach Bill Stewart said. “Because of his toughness and grit, he was able to earn Gwinnett Touchdown Club All-County honors his senior year. All of his coaches and teammates loved him. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the North Gwinnett family. We pray for God’s peace for the Miles family during this difficult time.”
Miles was a first-team all-county selection by the Gwinnett Touchdown Club as a senior in 2018, when he had 73 tackles and nine sacks, helping the Bulldogs to the state quarterfinals. North won the state football championship for the first time his junior year.
Miles was equally respected for his toughness within the North basketball program.
“Chris, or ‘The Deputy’ as he was called in our locker room, was a fighter,” North boys basketball coach Matt Garner said. “He fought his way from being a little known athlete in Gwinnett to an all-county player in 2018. Injuries hampered his senior year in basketball, but instead of electing to end his season early for surgery, he fought through the pain to compete with his brothers every day. He was a big-hearted kid with one of the best smiles.
“Christopher’s presence will be felt in our locker room for years to come. The North Gwinnett hoops brotherhood lost a brother today and we are saddened, but at the same time we are grateful for the time we got with ‘The Deputy.’ The North Gwinnett community is sending prayers and love to the Miles family during this time.”
North’s basketball program recognized Miles’ fight against the brain tumor with shooting shirts for warmups during the 2019-20 season. The shirts featured the words, “North Gwinnett Brotherhood, Fighting For The Deputy.”
Miles’ younger brother Josh is a rising senior in the Bulldogs’ basketball program.