Football player dies after suddenly collapsing when he is tackled during charity game


A semi-professional football player was killed while playing in a charity game on Saturday.

David Coleman Jr, 32, was blind sided and fatally hit in the game at Springfield High School in Indiana.

The death comes as a debate rages on about the safety of football players and the looming effects of multiple concussions.

Accidentally killed: David Coleman Jr., 32, died during a charity football game on Saturday in Indiana after he was blind sided by an opposing player

Accidentally killed: David Coleman Jr., 32, died during a charity football game on Saturday in Indiana after he was blind sided by an opposing player

Team: Coleman played as a line-backer and defensive lineman for the Jay County Panthers, shown in their 2009 team photo

Team: Coleman played as a line-backer and defensive lineman for the Jay County Panthers, shown in their 2009 team photo

'No one expected this,' said Anthony Mathis, the quarterback of the opposing team, the Northwest Ohio Knights.

'This is just a fluke, and this is like a one-in-a-million chance, and unfortunately that chance happened today,' he told ABC 13.

The Toledo Blade reports that Mr Coleman was a line-backer and defensive line man for the Jay County Panthers.

He is thought to have been hit when he was trying to tackle an opposing player during a punt return.

Rescue efforts: Emergency workers performed CPR on the field but that did not help and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead

Rescue efforts: Emergency workers performed CPR on the field but that did not help and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead

Grieving: Members from both teams prayed for him after the game but were then informed that he had already died

Grieving: Members from both teams prayed for him after the game but were then informed that he had already died

The referees at the game, which was held to raise money to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, did not note any wrongdoing on the play, and spectators thought it was a legal hit as a result.

'It was one of those plays when you turn around and it's just a blind side hit,' Mr Mathis said.

Emergency workers performed CPR on Mr Coleman while he was still on the field, but it did not help.

He was transported to local St. Luke's Hospital and pronounced dead by doctors.

Police have ruled the death an accident and said that there was no indication of foul play.



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