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Tradgedy At The Naval Academy

Courtesy: US Defense Department
March 26, 2014

In a tragic event, Naval Academy football player Will McKamey passed away after collapsing at practice three days ago.  He was in a coma until yesterday.  He was 19-years-old and a freshman at the Academy.  He died with his family by his side. 


Naval Academy football player Will McKamey passed away Tuesday while in a coma at Baltimore Shock Trauma after collapsing at practice three days ago.

The academy says the 19-year-old freshman running back and Fourth Class Midshipman from Knoxville, Tenn., died with his family by his side.

“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Mike Miller said in a statement. “This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will’s family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy.”

On Saturday, McKamey collapsed during spring football practice. Over the weekend, McKamey’s mother issued a statement saying this was the second time Will had collapsed, referencing a 2012 incident in high school.

“Since his prior accident in 2012 Will has been seen by four different neurosurgeons,” said Kara McKamey. “He had 4-6 CAT scans and MRI’s to rule out any issue and clear him for contact. After his prior incident he went without any contact for over nine months to just be safe. We feel obviously there is more going on in his brain than we could have ever detected. I want to be clear that the Navy football program nor us as his parents would have ever allowed him to be in a dangerous situation.”

McKamey’s family also said in a statement released through the school earlier this week that their son did not sustain “a bad hit or unusual or extreme contact” in that practice.

“The Navy coaches have poured through the films of practice and seen nothing more than Will carrying the football normally, doing what he truly loves,” the family said.

McKamey’s father, Randy, a high school football coach at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville, posted on Twitter that his son underwent surgery Saturday to relieve pressure on the brain.

Will McKamey played for his father and ran for more than 2,000 yards as a senior at Grace Christian in 2012. He suffered a head injury during a game late in the season that caused him to be hospitalized.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound McKamey did not play in a game last season. He was an oceanography major in 3rd Company at the Naval Academy.

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