New Jersey high school football player dies after being injured on the field

A high school football player in New Jersey has died nearly two weeks after he was seriously injured during a football game earlier this month, officials said.

A high school football player in New Jersey has died nearly two weeks after he was seriously injured during a football game earlier this month, officials said.

Xavier McClain, 16, succumbed to injuries sustained during a Sept. 9 game between his school, Linden High School and the nearby Woodbridge High School, Derek Armstead, the mayor of Linden, a city just 13 miles southwest of Manhattan, said Wednesday.

"With your prayers, Xavier fought a good fight. In the end, he succumbed to the injuries that he sustained a couple weeks ago while playing football during the LHS Tigers’ game vs Woodbridge," Armstead wrote in a Facebook post.

“This news hurts because I have known his parents, Lisa and Norm for years, Xavier and Andres, their two sons, since they were little boys,” he said. “My wife and I spend time in their home and our children played together. Tragically, their worst fear came true.”

Linden was playing Woodbridge on their home field when McClain took a major hit during the second half of the game, NBC New York reported. The teenager was able to get back up on his feet, but collapsed again, prompting officials to call for an ambulance.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-jersey-high-school-football-player-dies-injured-field-rcna49098


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