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Semipro football player dies because of hit on field

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by spikechiquet, May 13, 2012.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Forgot to post this yesterday, and will add additional info once we get it up on the site:


    A 32-year old father of 5 girls (who did not play high school football) died during a semipro fund raiser on Saturday afternoon during a punt return. He was hit in the chest by a helmet (a crack-back block) and it was a legal hit.

    UPDATE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/05/14/Semipro-teams-mourn-death.html
  2. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    That's a horrible story. But I don't get the part about him not playing high school ball. He was playing semipro when he died, what's the relevance of not having played in high school? I'm not trying to be snarky, I'm just wondering if you're making a point I'm missing.
  3. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    I'm just pointing it out...it was something that wasn't in the story that is linked (but is mentioned in the upcoming story for Monday) that I found interesting talking with our reporter. It's a fact, was just stating it as such.
  4. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Tragic. Just like the horse that died, perhaps one of those things that no amount of medicine or training could have prevented.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Then you should probably have someone edit the cutline on the photo included in the update.
  6. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Fricken web editors! Thanks!
  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Some of the reader comments are trite, random and bizarre:

    Prayers going up to his family......a brother on the grid iron has fallen, RIP David Coleman....
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    · 19 hours ago

    Lakeland Saints · Lakeland, Florida
    Praying for the family and team.
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    · 17 hours ago
    Russell Bergdorf
    Wow sorry to hear that prayers out to his family
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    · 14 hours ago

    Montez Brooks · Washtenaw Community College
    Reply · 2 ·
    · 7 hours ago

    Mike Tucker · Vvc
    RIP.......so sorry for the loss of he's family and friends this is raw and unexspected thing....so tragic.
    Reply · 2 ·
    · 17 hours ago

    Tommy Tyks
    From the Assistant Commissioners Office of the Continental Indoor Football League; we express our deepest sympathy and offer condolences in this tragic loss to one of the "family" of football. When one of the "Family" falls we all suffer the agony that encompasses the immediate family to the fallen. May the devine spirits look after him and his family.
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    · 18 hours ago

    John Jackson · Graduate Architect at Mussett Nicholas & Associates
    Tommy, as Commissioner of the CRFL, thank you and I'll pass your words onto the team and the player's family.
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    · 17 hours ago

    Al Raddatz
    Sad story. May God help to ease the pain for his family and friends. May this also remind the players in the league to be conscious of their safety and the safety of all players on the field.
    Reply ·
    · 17 hours ago

    Timothy Smith · Top Commenter · Columbus, Ohio
    This is why I don't want my kids playing football. It is too dangerous a sport for children under 18.
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    · 12 hours ago

    Ricky Clayton
    very sad, many prayers go out to his family. r.i.p from the cleveland saints...
    Reply ·
    · 14 hours ago

    David Geraci
    God bless the friends and family of Mr. Coleman....may he rest in peace!
    Reply ·
    · 14 hours ago

    John Wagner · East Lansing High School
    Prayers from all members of CAPITAL CITY STEALTH, R.I.P.
    Reply ·
    · 8 hours ago

    Jimmy Fuller · Supervisor - Inventory Control at Nordic Logistics and Warehousing LLC
    my prayers go out to the family during this tragic event GOD Bless.
    Reply ·
    · 16 hours ago

    Ohio Bobcats · Ohio University
    Prayers for the family!
    Reply ·
    · 12 hours ago
  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    What is semi pro? I ask again.
    If you are paid, you are pro.
    If you are not paid, you are not.

    Are you semi-paid?

    Poor time to bring this up, I realize. RIP to the guy who died, condolences to his family.

    But I've never understood the term semi-pro.
  9. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    I've always considered "semi-pro" to mean paid - but not paid enough to live on.

    Like mill workers who played for the company team and earned a couple extra bucks in a league made up of other mill workers.
  10. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  11. I've dealt with some of the teams in this part of the state. This is in no way semipro. In fact, I'm with Moddy on the term semipro. These guys don't get paid and in the update story it actually says they pay for a lot of stuff themselves.
    And as sad and tragic as this story is, to have five daughters and no insurance is totally irresponsible. That said, I'll probably write a check to the family's fund because I feel very sad for the children he's left behiind.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    It's a small detail some readers might ask. Some might wonder where did he play high school and what position did he play.

    I also expect this type of story will be written someday about a player in an NFL game.
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