It happened in Euclid, Ohio, when one of the high school’s football players died just two days after sustaining an injury during the game.
The student was a 17-year old junior named Andre Jackson and Andre played full back and outside linebacker for the school’s football team.
Last Friday, Andre was played in the game against The Solon High School Comets when his fatal incident took place. The school’s head coach Jeff Rotsky said that Andre was in a “normal play” when it occurred.
Coach Rotsky said, “It was a pooch kick. He was going for the ball, and their guys were going for the ball, and I think he got kicked or kneed.”
After the play, Andre walked off the field on his own and was taken to the hospital where he was checked out and later released. Come Sunday, Andre had passed away from what is now known to be Peritonitis, “inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal wall…”
The high school later released this 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 whose he came in contact. The Euclid City School District would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Jackson family during this horrific the time.
Later the opposing team released a statement:
The Solon School’s 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 School’s sends prayers and thoughts of comfort to Andre’s family, friends, teammates, coaches as well as the Euclid High School and Euclid communities. Counsellors will be available this week for our Solon students who want to talk or need additional support.
“He is irresplaceable,” said Coach Rotksy. “There will never be a smile like Andre Jackson’s. No matter how much you asked him to do, he would do it for you. That’s the type of young ma we unfortunately lost today.”
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