A 17-year-old high school football player has died two days after suffering a minor injury from a kick on the football field in Ohio.
Euclid High School’s Andre Jackson was able to walk off the field after being kicked or kneed on Friday and later went to hospital to seek treatment.
The hard-working student was even dismissed from hospital but died two days later on Sunday.
The talented linebacker’s cause of death is still being investigated.
Head coach Jeff Rotsky told ABC13 that he had been going for the ball during a ‘completely normal’ play when he was struck by the blow that led to his death.
He added: ‘He is irreplaceable. 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 man we unfortunately lost today.’
On Sunday night, people gathered at the school’s football field to pay tribute to the promising high school star, who had a bright future ahead of him.
There was also an outpouring of grief on social media, with hundreds of people offering their sympathy to the team and his family after the tragedy yesterday.
Erin Eisner wrote: ‘Worst thing to hear. Sending my love to Andre Jackson’s family, Euclid High School, and all the people close to Andre and his family. RIP.’
WHS Cheerleading, the squad from another school, wrote: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Andre Jackson’s family and the Euclid football team as they mourn this horrific loss.’
Euclid athletics tweeted in reply to all the support, saying: ‘We are incredibly gracious and thankful of the overwhelming support, thoughts and prayers following the loss of Andre Jackson yesterday.’
The school also released a statement saying: ‘Today (Sunday), 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.’
The suburban Cleveland district says Jackson was a hardworking student-athlete who brought smiles to those he met.