Town Mourns Dead HS Football Player

Mother honors memory of teen athlete who died of head injury.
1:49 | 10/16/11

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Rich -- was a lifelong sports lover signing up for Little League as soon as He could over the years He grew to an intimidating 200 pounds. Described as a beast on the football circuit. And a gentle giant off the field. To his mom -- always just be her little boy. Let's tell us it's shocking you know when. He was his -- thousand. Snapshots from a sixteenth birthday last -- show a kid with dreams for the future may be becoming an engineer someday. Instead the number seventy was surrounded by friends when He collapsed during the final play of his short life. Dozens of shocked teammates and neighbors turn to memorial pages online sharing grief and support. -- -- -- -- Even though there's a lot of bad out there at their style but -- -- that people still do care about whole they're neighbors. -- emotional father wrote I have no words right now my world has been devastated but I want to say thank you to all of you who have written me and are sending your prayers to me. October 14 will go down as the worst day of my life. As the debate over safety in high school sports rages on. Jackie can't imagine taking the love of football away from her son -- The message to players on both teams is clear. This mother does not want anyone living with the burden of guilt. He would feel the same -- that He just would not want those people think it was her fault. Was just. An accident and our refinery instead He -- -- full cost. Him time to say take that -- to Bolivia. A lesson for life learned with heartbreaking loss. Tammy Palmer news channel --

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