A 17-year-old high school football player died after getting hit in the abdomen during a game on Sept. 23, and the tragedy is raising more questions about the safety of football.
Andre Jackson, a junior at Euclid High School in Ohio, crashed into a member of the opposing team from Solon High School. Subsequently, he was taken to UH Ahuja Medical Center.
Although Jackson was released the next day he was admitted to another hospital, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, where he passed away.
According to the autopsy report, Jackson had died of peritonitis — an inflammation of the membrane that lines the inner abdominal wall — which resulted from a “blunt impact to his abdomen.”
The teenager’s distraught family said he didn’t have any preexisting medical condition.
Footage of the collision has been released by ABC News:
Euclid High School called Jackson a "hardworking student athlete" who "brought smiles to all those with whom he came in contact” in a statement released after his death.
Meanwhile, Jackson’s teammates and friends shared their tributes for the deceased student on social media:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Euclid FB player, Andre Jackson #48, and the entire Euclid community #RIPandre— STVM Athletics (@STVMATHLETICS) September 27, 2016
Prayers for the Euclid football team, community, and family for their loss of #48 Andre Jackson. #RIPandre— Stephen Zbiegien (@StephenZbiegien) September 25, 2016
I can't even tell you how I would feel losing a teammate. My heart goes out to his family! Through blood and through ?? #ripAndre— ??Nae Dub?? (@LilSimb) September 25, 2016
Prayers go out to Euclid football as they mourn the loss of their fellow teammate #48 Andre Jackson. #RIPandre ????????????— Ben Teresczuk (@BenTeresczuk_91) September 25, 2016
The news of Jackson’s death comes amid growing concerns about football related injuries, especially concussions. In 2015, San Francisco 49ers star Chris Borland quit the sport at the age of 25, citing fears he would suffer long-term damage if he continued to play.
Earlier in March, for the first time ever, the National Football League acknowledged that head injuries acquired in the football field could lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative disease discovered in the brains of several former professional athletes.