Xavier McClain — a New Jersey high school sophomore football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a recent football game — has died, the school says TMZ Sports.
“The Linden Public School District is deeply saddened by the tragic death of a Linden High School sophomore,” the school said in a statement. “The county extends its deepest condolences and will continue to pray and support the family during this difficult time.”
The district says it has made counseling available to all students and staff who want to speak with a professional.
McClain was “severely injured” during a varsity football game on Sept. 9 … when Linden took on Woodbridge HS in Woodbridge.
According to eyewitnesses who attended the game, Xavier was fielding a ball from the Nats in the second half when the injury occurred. An ambulance was rushed to the field and the game was temporarily stopped.
FYI, kickoffs are one of the most dangerous plays in soccer. In fact, some have tried to eliminate play from sports.
Derek Armsteadthe mayor of Linden, asked the community to pray for Xavier’s parents, Lisa and Normandyfor they are grieving the tragic loss of their son.
“The best way to help them and Xavier at this time is for each of you to pray,” Armstead wrote in a social media post. “If you can, stop what you’re doing for a moment right now and join me in a moment of silence and prayer.”
Armstead, who has known Xavier and his parents for years, said the news was “painful,” adding, “I believe God knows best.”
“He needed an angel and decided to call Xavier home to be with HIM,” Armstead wrote. “I asked that you continue to keep the family in your prayers.”
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