In yet another tragic turn of events in a season full of them across the nation, a young football player near Richmond Virginia collapsed during an afternoon practice and was pronounced dead at a hospital hours later.
As reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Newport News Daily Press, among other sources, 15-year-old New Kent High (New Kent, Va.) student Jacob Vick collapsed during the team's Tuesday evening practice. He was quickly transported to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, but died there hours later.
There was no immediate indication about what led to Vick's sudden collapse. The Daily Press reported that the New Kent team had already completed all individual drills on Tuesday when Vick collapsed during a team session.
The team's coach, Dan Rounds, said that Vick sat out the team's two most recent games following a concussion earlier this season. The teenager was cleared to play in Friday's New Kent game against Lafayette High (Williamsburg, Va.) but the family and coach decided against having him participate.
No official date has been set for a memorial or funeral for the linebacker. That hasn't slowed the testaments to Vick's memory from flowing in.
"He wasn't just a good player, he was a great kid," Rounds told the Daily Press. "He did everything the right way.
"He did all of the things you'd hope your son or daughter would do. This is the worst-case scenario in the back of everyone's heads, but one you never expect to happen. It's definitely a shock."
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