New Jersey High School Football Player Dies After Traumatic Head Injury

New Jersey High School Football Player Dies After Traumatic Head Injury

New Jersey H.S. Football Player
Sophomore Dies
… Following Traumatic Head Injury during Game

9/22/2022 11: 00 AM PT

Xavier McClain — a sophomore high school football player in New Jersey who suffered a traumatic head injury during a recent football game — has died, the school tells TMZ Sports.

” The Linden Public School District is deeply affected by the tragic loss of a sophomore student at Linden High School,” the school stated in a statement. “The district extends its deepest condolences to the family and will continue to offer prayers, support, and assistance during this difficult time. “

The district claims that they have made counseling available for students and staff who wish to speak to a professional.

McClain sustained “critically serious” injuries during a varsity football match on September 9, when Linden was taking on Woodbridge H.S. Woodbridge.

According to witnesses who were at the game, Xavier, in the second half, was returning a kickoff when the injury occurred. Play was temporarily stopped by an ambulance.

FYI. Kickoffs are one the most dangerous plays of football. Some even advocate for the elimination of kickoffs from football.

Derek Armstead, the mayor of Linden, asked the community for prayers for Xavier’s parents, Lisa and Norman, as they grieve the tragic loss of their son.

“At the moment, the best way for them and Xavier to help is for you all to pray,” Armstead wrote on a social media platform. “If you are able, please stop what you’re doing right now and join me for a moment in silence and prayers. “

Armstead — who’s known Xavier and his parents for years — said the news “hurts,” adding, “I trust that God knows better. “

“HE was in dire need of an angel, so we decided to call Xavier home to be with HIM,” Armstead wrote. “I asked that your continued prayers be kept for the family. “

R.I.P.

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