September 19, 2010

QB's death shakes Texas town

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Friends, classmates, teammates and townspeople gathered Saturday at the West Orange-Stark football field in Orange, Texas, seeking comfort and company while trying to come to grips with death of Reggie Garrett, the team's senior quarterback.

Garrett died shortly after collapsing on the field Friday night after returning to the sideline after throwing a touchdown pass. (Read story here)

Local resident Liz Davis, who goes all of the school's game and was there Friday night, said the event has shaken her and the community.

"I woke up feeling the same broken heart that I went to bed with," she told the local CBS affiliate, KFDM-TV (see video below). "I'm trying to make some kind of sense of what happened to our football game last night, and to our team and our coaches, our staff, our community."

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An autopsy has been ordered and a history of seizures revealed, but answers are still hard to come by.

Here's what is known:

  • The school will decide on Sunday if it will play its next game, scheduled for Saturday at Giddings (Texas) High.
  • The team's football coach, Dan Hooks, released a statement (Read it here) on Saturday, praising Garrett for his demeanor on and off the field: "Reggie, was a great representation of a Mustang both on and off the field. He had a gentle smile and a kind heart. He will be sorely missed and in his death, he has left a big void in all of us."
  • The local newspaper, the Beaumont Enterprise, did a wonderful profile, portraying Garret as a student and an athlete. "He was a giving person," his father, Reggie Garrett Sr., told the paper. "He didn't hate nobody. He was all about love." (Read the complete story here)
  • Hooks told KFDM-TV that how and where Garrett fell is hard to deal with right now.

    "Things happen, kids get in wrecks and stuff like that, but not during a game, with apparently no contact to cause the thing," he said. "And it was just, there's no explanation for it right now.

    "We'll just have to know further down the line what happened. We'll just have to talk to the players and just explain to them what the situation is. We're just going to have to do the best we can and not put any pressure on ourselves to do anything but just play hard for Reggie. And hey, I can't say 'just go out there and win one for Reggie.' That wouldn't be fair to them. Just go out there, play hard and do your job, and things will work out for you."




     

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