Sad and shocking news surround the U.S. Naval Academy football team. According to a report by local NBC affiliate WBALTV out of Maryland on March 26, freshman football player, Will McKamey, has passed away on Tuesday following a collapse on the practice football field.
The 19-year-old McKamey underwent emergency surgery on Saturday following the collapse which did not result from “a bad hit or unusual or extreme contract” according to the family of McKamey. The family also reported that McKamey did suffer a previous head injury back in 2012 but was cleared to play.
During his time in high school, McKamey suffered a similar episode during a game. He did miss his team’s playoff games as a result of the injury. In a statement sent through the Navy sports information department released on Monday, his parents made it clear that McKamey wouldn’t have been allowed to play if there as any indication that there was a medical danger.
“I want to be clear that the Navy football program nor us as his parents would have ever allowed him to be in a dangerous situation.”
Following the surgery on Saturday, Will McKamey spent three days at Baltimore Shock Trauma in critical condition before passing away on Tuesday.
Condolences was sent out to the family, classmates and teammates by Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller, who addressed the “devastation” of Midshipman Will McKamey’s death.
Coaches and teammates will miss McKamey, who played slot back on the Navy Varsity team. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo also sent out a statement understanding how touch McKamey’s death will be on his teammates.
“As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates.”
Grief counselors have been made available to teammates, classmates, faculty and staff. Will McKamey’s death is the second loss the Naval Academy has experienced this year.
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