Student died playing soccer at NJ high school: brain injury

Student died playing soccer at NJ high school: brain injury

  • A standout New Jersey high school football athlete has died at age 16 after falling into a coma from a brain injury.

Xavier McClain, a standout New Jersey high school football athlete, died at age 16, two weeks after falling into a coma after suffering an apparent traumatic brain injury during a game, authorities said.

The Linden High School sophomore’s death occurred Wednesday and was announced by Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, a close friend of the McClain family and who was present during the tragic game.

“Together we prayed for a miracle and hoped for a different result. I trust God knows best” Derek Armstead, Mayor of Linden

The youngster was injured during a Sept. 9 game against Woodbridge, taking a brutal hit as he returned a kickoff to start the second half, sources told NJ.com.

McClain was in a coma for nearly two weeks at University Hospital. “Together we prayed for a miracle and hoped for a different result. I trust God knows best,” Mayor Armstead wrote on Twitter. “With his prayers, Xavier fought a good fight. Ultimately, he succumbed to the injuries he suffered a couple of weeks ago while playing football during the LHS Tigers game against Woodbridge.”

The teen was one of a select few sophomores to earn starting time on the school’s varsity team, and even played on occasion last year as a freshman.

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