Ohio high school football player dies after injury in game

Ohio high school football player dies after injury in game

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Ohio high school football player dies after injury in game

Andre Jackson from the Euclid athletics website (Photo: Euclid Athletics)

Andre Jackson from the Euclid athletics website (Photo: Euclid Athletics)

A junior from Euclid High in Ohio died Sunday after an injury during Friday night’s football game against Solon, the school district said in a statement.

Andre Jackson was listed as a fullback and linebacker on the team roster.

Here is the statement: 

Today, Euclid High School junior Andre L. Jackson passed away following an injury sustained during Friday night’s football game. Andre was a hardworking student-athlete that brought smiles to all those with whom he came in contact. The Euclid City School District would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Jackson family during this horrific time. 

According to WEWS, Jackson was injured on a kickoff in which he might have been kneed or kicked while pursuing the ball. He reportedly walked off the field after the play, but was taken to the hospital and released.

A cause of death has not been determined and school officials have not make public the circumstances that led to the injury

Euclid lost the game 33-13.

Students and community members gathered on the field Sunday night as word spread of Jackson’s death.

The Solon school district also released a statement:

The Solon Schools are mourning the loss tonight of Euclid High School student Andre L. Jackson, who passed away earlier today. 
A junior and member of the Panthers football team, Andre was 17. He sustained an injury in Friday night’s game against the Comets. The cause of his death is yet unknown.
Everyone in the Solon Comets athletic program and the Solon Schools sends prayers and thoughts of comfort to Andre’s family, friends, teammates, coaches as well as the Euclid High School and Euclid communities.
Counselors will be available this week for our Solon students who want to talk or need additional support.

Jackson is the third football player nationally to die since the season began and the fifth since July, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina.

Chase Lightfoot, 17, from Shadow Creek in Manvel, Texas, died Sept. 10 of a rare heart condition, according to the autopsy report. The medical examiner in Bexar County said Lightfoot was born with abnormal cardiac arteries.

Lewis Simpkins, a 14-year-old sophomore from River Bluff High (Lexington, S.C.), died Aug. 10 after collapsing at practice. The Lexington County coroner said the autopsy results were inconclusive but additional analysis found that he died of a pre-existing heart condition and an irregular heartbeat.

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