Football player – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 13:17:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Football player – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ 32 32 Tailgating advice from a former football player https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/tailgating-advice-from-a-former-football-player/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:42:49 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/tailgating-advice-from-a-former-football-player/ Football season is on and it’s time to learn some new tricks to create that memorable gaming experience. Whether your favorite team is a college, professional, or even the local high school, the Ultimate Tailgating plan will keep your friends and family coming back for more. Former fullback and tailgating expert Ovie Mughelli shares some […]]]>

Football season is on and it’s time to learn some new tricks to create that memorable gaming experience. Whether your favorite team is a college, professional, or even the local high school, the Ultimate Tailgating plan will keep your friends and family coming back for more. Former fullback and tailgating expert Ovie Mughelli shares some can’t-miss recipes for enjoying every game!

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Remembering ‘DaeDae’: Eastside pays tribute to fallen football player – ESPN 98.1 FM https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/remembering-daedae-eastside-pays-tribute-to-fallen-football-player-espn-98-1-fm/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:03:54 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/remembering-daedae-eastside-pays-tribute-to-fallen-football-player-espn-98-1-fm/ A crowd of about 500 people descended on the auditorium at Eastside High School on Saturday to honor the life of Dabien White. White, better known as “DaeDae”, was an offensive lineman on the Eastside football team. White, 17, died early in the morning of September 4. The cause of death was not listed in […]]]>

A crowd of about 500 people descended on the auditorium at Eastside High School on Saturday to honor the life of Dabien White. White, better known as “DaeDae”, was an offensive lineman on the Eastside football team. White, 17, died early in the morning of September 4. The cause of death was not listed in White’s obituary.

celebration of life

After White’s death, Eastside students decided to create a petition asking for a ceremony to honor their beloved teammate and friend. The efforts paid off as the school held a beautiful ceremony that showcased a great amount of love and support. OFamily, friends, teammates, coaches and hite staff all came together to mourn the loss and celebrate DaeDae’s life.

Members of the Eastside High School football team pay their respects to their deceased teammate Dabien White. (Photograph provided by Phillip & Sons The Funeral Directors, Inc.)

In the front left corner of a crowded high school auditorium sat the Rams football team. The players were dressed in orange and white jerseys to honor their deceased teammate.

Also, in front of the first row of seats was White’s coffin, painted in school colors. On either side of the coffin were large bouquets of roses surrounded by an arrangement of balloons writing the number 55.

To the right sat White’s helmet and football shirt. A glass display case displayed the white jersey with the orange number 55 written across the front. Rams head football coach Harold “Gator” Hoskins rose from his seat to present the jersey to White’s family.

“He’s the only player who’s ever worn that jersey,” Hoskins shared with the family. “It’s your jersey.”

Dabien White’s jersey on display at his celebration of life on September 17, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Phillip & Sons Funeral Directors, Inc.)

For DaeDae

Eastside took the field for their first full game without DaeDae on Friday. The Rams picked up their first loss of the season against the Bradford Tornadoes.

“We can’t replace him,” Hoskins said. “We will honor him every day that we live. Every day, every game. We’ll be dedicating the rest of this season to DaeDae.

Christopher Stokes, a bishop at the New Beginning Christian Worship Center, counseled the team at the ceremony on how they can continue to honor their beloved teammate. Stokes told the team to work harder in all aspects of their lives, both on and off the pitch.

Eastside High School football honors Dabien White. (Photographs courtesy of @shotxcoach via Instagram.)

A last goodbye

Kane Smith, a friend of White’s since elementary school who also played basketball with him, had the following to say about Saturday’s events.

The ceremony boiled my emotions,” Smith said. “It just shows that you should love and cherish the time spent with your family while they are here. This upcoming football and basketball season is dedicated to DaeDae.

Dabien White’s coffin was taken out of the auditorium at the end of the ceremony. (Photograph provided by Phillip & Sons Funeral Directors, Inc.)

Eiress McCallum, a cousin of White, said the ceremony was like “a date later” from us to him.

“DaeDae had this way of grabbing people’s hearts,” McCallum said. “[He] was that friend who would always make you laugh no matter what. He will laugh with you and be by your side through it all.

A gentle giant

Friends and family have described White as a “gentle giant” for his loving character.

“Dabien was a gentle giant,” said Miracle Bristol, a classmate and friend of White’s. He always made sure you were ok, put a smile on your face and checked that you were ok. He knew everything and everyone.

A cardboard cutout of Dabien White sits outside the ceremony next to his casket. (Photograph provided by Phillip & Sons Funeral Directors, Inc.)

Dedication to the game

While White was adored off the pitch, he was also known for the outstanding performance he brought to the game, as well as the impact he had on his teammates.

“He never criticized his teammates,” Smith said. He always bred them and wanted to make the most of them. Dabien was a comedian, a family man and a hard worker. He just wanted to make his mother and his family proud.

Johnson also talked about what kind of teammate White was.

“DaeDae was always motivating, but he was also there to cheer us up if we had bad practice,” he said. “He was a very trustworthy person that you could talk to and don’t care about any judgement.”

Pictured (L-R): Antoneo Wilson, Caleb Dressel, Dabien White and Holden Johnson take to the field to open the Eastside football season at PK Yonge on August 26, 2022. (Photo courtesy of @shotxcoach via Instagram .)

forever 55

While White no longer wanders the halls of Eastside High School or dresses to take on Citizens Field with his teammates, he will always live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

“Although he’s not with us in physical form, he’s with us, telling us to get up and get back to it,” McCallum said. “We have to fight for him, as he would like. I have no words to fully express how much I love Dabien, but I love him deeply. He was an incredible soul and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Bristol added: “It’s forever 55.”

Edited by Dabien White by Ellie Shreve. (Photographs used were provided by Phillip & Sons Funeral Directors, Inc. and @shotxcoach via Instagram.)
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Lovie Smith on Texans defensive end Rasheem Green: ‘Good football player’ https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/lovie-smith-on-texans-defensive-end-rasheem-green-good-football-player/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 00:56:43 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/lovie-smith-on-texans-defensive-end-rasheem-green-good-football-player/ HOUSTON – Rasheem Green created crushing leverage with a classic tearing motion, powerfully locking his right arm under the right arm of Denver Broncos right tackle Cameron Fleming. Once the Texans defensive end unbalanced Fleming, Green capitalized on his forward momentum by racing around him, generating power velocity to sack his former Seattle Seahawks teammate: […]]]>

HOUSTON – Rasheem Green created crushing leverage with a classic tearing motion, powerfully locking his right arm under the right arm of Denver Broncos right tackle Cameron Fleming.

Once the Texans defensive end unbalanced Fleming, Green capitalized on his forward momentum by racing around him, generating power velocity to sack his former Seattle Seahawks teammate: quarterback Broncos star Russell Wilson.

In his first regular season game after missing the season opener with a thigh injury, Green was able to do something he was never allowed to do in practice in Seattle. by sacking Wilson with quarterbacks banned for contact in practice.

“I knew it was going to be a pass, there was no backfield return,” Green said. “I was lined up wide, I had a plan. I just went out there and was playing fast.

Green and the Texans defense helped limit the Broncos to 3 of 12 conversions on third down in a 16-9 road loss at Empower Field in Mile High. He had 1 1/2 sacks, five tackles and two quarterback hits.

Green was one of the few bright spots for the Texans, who held Wilson to a 66.5 passer rating on 14 of 31 assists for the 17th-lowest rating in his 160-game career. The Broncos failed to score on two shots in the red zone.

“I feel like the guys up front did a good job of collapsing the pocket and making sure you can’t just go out there and do a whole bunch of errands,” Green said. . “I feel like the guys in the back did a good job of making sure their coverage was good.”

Green recorded a career-high 6 1/2 sacks last season for the Seahawks before joining the Texans as a free agent on a one-year, $3.25 million deal, including $1 million guaranteed.

“Rasheem has done some really good things,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. “Of course you notice the flash games, the big bag, trying to get the football out. His game against the run was pretty good. There’s a reason he’s been in the mix. He is a good football player. Again, it will be a big challenge this week, but we like what he was able to do.

In the end, the Texans failed in Denver as they were outscored 10-0 in the fourth quarter. They are now 0-1-1 largely because they were outscored by a combined 27-0 margin against the Indianapolis Colts and Broncos.

“To me, finishing means you’re doing ‘good’ for longer,” Green said. “So I felt like we were doing ‘good’ for a lot of the game, but we just have to do it longer and better.”

Green had six tackles for a loss, 48 ​​tackles and 15 quarterback hits last season.

“My style of play: fast, smart and physical,” said Green. “I feel like I left a lot of pieces there. I think that was just the tip of the iceberg. I think there’s a lot more I can do with what we have here. I can do a little more.

Green is considered a rising player and a perfect fit for the Texans’ traditional 4-3 defensive scheme.

After visiting the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens in free agency, Green picked the Texans in May after the Texans failed to draft a pass.

“It’s nice to be here,” Green said. “The guys welcomed me. The culture and the city are great. The team is awesome. I like what’s going on here and I’m just happy to be part of the team. With the program we run here, I think it suits me well too.

At 6-foot-4 and 279 pounds, Green has the size, speed, strength and movement to work in his favor.

He has 99 career tackles, 15 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 29 quarterback hits.

A former high school All-American who grew up in California, Green declared for the NFL Draft after his freshman year and finished with 115 tackles and 16 1/2 sacks in three college seasons.

The green has grown on and off the pitch. He came into his own after dealing with a speech impediment as a child. It made him shy, but he gained confidence and overcame the problem.

“It made me a really shy person,” Green said. “Improving my speech made me a more confident person. It really helped me on and off the pitch.

Aaron Wilson is a journalist and analyst for Pro Football Network and a contributor to KPRC 2 and click2houston.com

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British soccer player JJ Weaver is likely to miss the next match through injury https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/british-soccer-player-jj-weaver-is-likely-to-miss-the-next-match-through-injury/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:34:36 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/british-soccer-player-jj-weaver-is-likely-to-miss-the-next-match-through-injury/ LEXINGTON — The Kentucky football team will likely be without one of its best defensemen for this weekend’s game against Northern Illinois. Linebacker JJ Weaver is injured week by week, British coach Mark Stoops said Monday at his weekly press conference, and is unlikely to play when the eighth-ranked Wildcats host the Huskies on Saturday […]]]>
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Slain Mervo High footballer buried on Saturday – Baltimore Sun https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/slain-mervo-high-footballer-buried-on-saturday-baltimore-sun/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 22:48:44 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/slain-mervo-high-footballer-buried-on-saturday-baltimore-sun/ It was not a spirit of mourning but rather a spirit of celebration at the funeral of a Mergenthaler Vocational and Technical High School football player who was fatally shot on campus earlier this month. More than 500 people came Saturday morning to the Empowerment Temple in northwest Baltimore to remember 17-year-old Jeremiah Robert Brogden, […]]]>

It was not a spirit of mourning but rather a spirit of celebration at the funeral of a Mergenthaler Vocational and Technical High School football player who was fatally shot on campus earlier this month.

More than 500 people came Saturday morning to the Empowerment Temple in northwest Baltimore to remember 17-year-old Jeremiah Robert Brogden, or “Jerm.”

The Mervo High junior died on September 2 after he was shot on campus by a student from another school, police said.

Visitors lined up around 10 a.m. to see Brogden in his white, open coffin. He wore his Mervo #30 football jersey and held a football in his right hand. A bouquet of flowers resembling Mervo’s school colors of royal blue and gold adorned the lower half of his coffin.

Some people also wore school colors or wore a Mervo football shirt. People were still showing up an hour later for the service and some stopped to hug and cry with Brogden’s mother, Doretha.

The service started off somberly but quickly turned into applause and cheers as people rose to their feet as Pastor Tyrone Nance Jr. spoke.

“I told you we were coming here to celebrate number 30, so we’re going to celebrate him like he just scored the touchdown!” Nance shouted into the microphone as if announcing a major game moment. “We’re going to celebrate him like he just got the winning interception! We’re going to celebrate him like he just walked across the stage! We’re going to celebrate! We didn’t come here to mourn him! We came to celebrate Jeremiah Brogden!

People were praying and singing songs during the service. Brogden teachers and Mayor Brandon Scott, an alumnus of Mervo High, gave speeches about Brogden’s life.

“Jerm was a young man, working hard to be the best version of himself,” Scott said. “He wasn’t perfect. None of us are. He knew he was just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential and was dedicated to harnessing everything within him.

Brogden was born on August 7, 2005 in Baltimore. He had a unique eye for style, followed the latest trends, was entertaining and often did amusing imitations of others, according to his obituary.

“Jerm could make anyone laugh, no matter what he may have been through,” the obituary said. “Besides his love of laughter, Jerm also enjoyed eating Alfredo and chicken wings. If he could eat those every day, he would have.

He started playing football at age eight and found his passion. Brogden was a talented running back at Mervo, where he helped the team win the 2021 Baltimore Junior Varsity Championship from Dunbar High School.

“It was on the football field that he felt most powerful. He could move like a locomotive, earning him the nickname ‘Night Train’,” the obituary reads. “Jeremiah would carry the team on the field When the team needed to gain yards, Jeremiah always received the ball and everything about him came alive.

Less than an hour before a home game scheduled for September 2, Brogden was shot at the time of the dismissal. Baltimore police say a 17-year-old suspect approached Brogden in a parking lot behind the school, began arguing with him, and fired multiple shots.

School police performed CPR on Brogden, who was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. Authorities have not released the name of the suspect, who faces a first-degree murder charge, or provided information on a motive.

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The shooting marked the tragic end to the first week of school for Baltimore students and spilled over into the second week. On Labor Day, Mervo announced a healing and recovery effort for that week, offering guidance and a phased return to classes. Some city and school district officials have called for more conflict resolution and emotional health in classrooms.

“The seriousness of Jeremiah’s death weighs on me, because of all the promises he made over the years while at Baltimore Collegiate,” said Robert Allen, an educator who knew Brogden from the charter school. “It was a father-son relationship. He confided in me when he felt the teachers weren’t giving him a fair chance to finish his work.

Allen was dean of culture at Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a charter school for grades four through eight, when Brogden attended. He said it felt like a roller coaster when he found out Brogden was dead.

“My heart dropped in my stomach,” Allen said, adding that he “lost it” while speaking with Brogden’s mother. “The first thing she said to me, and that’s what broke me. She was like, ‘You did it, you got it this far.’

Brogden’s mother sobbed over her son’s body, surrounded by family and friends before Brogden’s casket was closed ahead of the service. He was later buried in King Memorial Park.

“Jeremiah had a big heart and he loved and supported people who believed in him,” Allen said.

Brogden is survived by his parents Doretha and Ross Brogden; his son Jeremiah Javonni Christian Brogden; siblings Destiny, Isaiah, Nehemiah and her other siblings; and many relatives and friends.

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New Jersey Devils and former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand team up for helmet ad https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/new-jersey-devils-and-former-rutgers-football-player-eric-legrand-team-up-for-helmet-ad/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 22:18:11 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/new-jersey-devils-and-former-rutgers-football-player-eric-legrand-team-up-for-helmet-ad/ Eric LeGrand, whose football career with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights ended in 2010 after suffering a spinal cord injury, will see his coffee advertised on the helmets of New Jersey Devils players during road games through the team’s program to support black entrepreneurs. The Devils announced Thursday that LeGrand Coffee House of Woodbridge, New Jersey, […]]]>

Eric LeGrand, whose football career with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights ended in 2010 after suffering a spinal cord injury, will see his coffee advertised on the helmets of New Jersey Devils players during road games through the team’s program to support black entrepreneurs.

The Devils announced Thursday that LeGrand Coffee House of Woodbridge, New Jersey, has won the club’s Buy Black Partnership for the 2022-23 NHL season. Advertising space on the road helmets is offered by Prudential Financial, which will also offer financial wellness advice to LeGrand. The Devils are also working to offer LeGrand Coffee House merchandise at their home games.

The Devils reported that their Buy Black Partnership received more applicants in 2022 than the first two years of the program combined.

“Our selection committee had another extremely difficult choice, but for one person, Eric’s story was impactful, powerful and resonated with everyone and we are proud to partner with Prudential Financial to bring LeGrand Coffee House at its highest levels of success,” New Jersey said. Devils & Prudential Center President Jake Reynolds.

LeGrand was injured making a tackle during a Rutgers game and paralyzed from the neck down. He has since regained movement in his shoulders and feeling throughout his body.

Since his injury in 2010, LeGrand has moved on to motivational speaking, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. The LeGrand team has raised over $1 million for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. LeGrand received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2012 ESPY Awards. He was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, receiving the Warrior Award.

The Grand Coffee House opened in May 2022.

The “LeGrand Coffee House” logo will be displayed on each side of the team’s helmets for away games. The brand exposure will mark the first time a Devils’ Buy Black Partnership winner will be represented throughout the road game slate and take their brand to every North American city visited by the Devils over the course of the 2022-23 NHL season.

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Former UCF football player Aaron Evans finds a new passion for art and murals https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ucf-football-player-aaron-evans-finds-a-new-passion-for-art-and-murals/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 00:21:20 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/former-ucf-football-player-aaron-evans-finds-a-new-passion-for-art-and-murals/ Former UCF football player Aaron Evans finds a new passion for art and murals Aaron Evans is a former UCF Knights National Champion offensive lineman-turned-artist. ORLANDO, Florida. – “My love of art came from doing arts and crafts and art projects with my mom growing up,” Aaron Evans said. Evans is a former UCF Knights […]]]>

“My love of art came from doing arts and crafts and art projects with my mom growing up,” Aaron Evans said.

Evans is a former UCF Knights National Champion offensive lineman-turned-artist. He played at UCF between 2013 and 2017, according to his UCF biography.

“I was just drawing in meetings. I would get in trouble because I would draw the logo of the team we were playing against that week, or I would draw the coach while he was talking,” Evans said. .

After UCF, Evans dabbled in the NFL and professional football, but never made a career out of it. He was cut by the Eagles and played for the Orlando Apollos for a league that eventually folded.

“I knew I didn’t want to work for anyone. I knew I didn’t want a nine-to-five somewhere. I knew I didn’t want to sit in a cubicle every day. I told myself that I was going to start investing in my skills as an artist,” Evans said.

That investment has paid off as Evans has now created murals for people across the state, including several at his alma mater’s football stadium. He also sells his works online.

Although he’s made a career out of it, for him it’s all about connecting with people.

“Connecting with people is really what inspires me. Because art is such a unique medium and vehicle for speaking to really many different types of people. Because every image you create opens a door to a any other class or group of people that you wouldn’t normally get to talk to,” he said.

As for the art world, Evans told FOX 35 that he doesn’t really talk about his football past, but some people are aware of it and it’s getting some interesting reactions.

“I literally have to convince people at my art shows that I’m the artist. No one expects that from me. I remember I was doing a painting live at a party and the owner of the place came to me, he was like ‘you’re such a great man, and you paint such beautiful and delicate things, it’s so weird,'” Evans said.

Whether it’s the time he now spends teaching art therapy to children or those at risk, or his work on murals or paintings, Evans has found his true calling.

“I just feel a tremendous amount of gratitude, because I know where I’m from, and I can kind of see where I’m going for the first time in my life and I know that every brushstroke, every mural that I kind of leads in that direction, toward that goal, and it’s just, it’s wonderful,” Evans said.

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Ottawa West football player in critical condition after Tuesday accident https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ottawa-west-football-player-in-critical-condition-after-tuesday-accident/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 18:06:17 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ottawa-west-football-player-in-critical-condition-after-tuesday-accident/ TWP PARK. — Community members are stepping up to support a local high school athlete after a serious car accident this week. West Ottawa High School junior Sam Smalldon, a wide receiver for the varsity football team, was the driver in a single-car accident on Tuesday, September 6. He remains in hospital after sustaining several […]]]>

TWP PARK. — Community members are stepping up to support a local high school athlete after a serious car accident this week.

West Ottawa High School junior Sam Smalldon, a wide receiver for the varsity football team, was the driver in a single-car accident on Tuesday, September 6. He remains in hospital after sustaining several serious injuries.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the family has received thousands of dollars in donations.

Smalldon, 16, was driving west on Riley Street near 160th Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when the crash occurred. His car veered off the road and hit several trees, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said. He was found unconscious at the scene.

After:Dutch teenager in critical condition after crash in Park Township

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Community rallies around West Ottawa football player and his family after devastating crash https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/community-rallies-around-west-ottawa-football-player-and-his-family-after-devastating-crash/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 20:56:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/community-rallies-around-west-ottawa-football-player-and-his-family-after-devastating-crash/ OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – The community is rallying around a West Ottawa High football player who was seriously injured in an accident in North Holland. Sam Smalldon, 16, a junior wide receiver, was seriously injured this week in a single-vehicle crash. His family and friends are hoping for a strong recovery. “Sam is a great […]]]>

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – The community is rallying around a West Ottawa High football player who was seriously injured in an accident in North Holland.

Sam Smalldon, 16, a junior wide receiver, was seriously injured this week in a single-vehicle crash. His family and friends are hoping for a strong recovery.

“Sam is a great guy who always brings positivity to our team,” said West Ottawa High football coach Pat Collins.

He said the players from the 2-0 team came together to support each other and their teammate. Sam is known for giving his all and having a positive attitude, the coach said.

“Our players have definitely grown closer to each other. We realize how blessed we are to have the opportunity to play football and other things in life. The word ‘family’ really has a new meaning for us this week.”

West Ottawa Football tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam and his family as he begins his journey of recovery.”

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 on Riley Street near 160th Avenue in Park Township, Ottawa County. Smalldon was driving a Chevrolet Cruze West on Riley Street when it veered off the road and crashed into several trees, sheriff’s deputies said.

Related: Dutch teenager seriously injured in crash

He was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital and then flown by Aero Med helicopter to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Ottawa West Superintendent Timothy Bearden said everyone is worried, but they are also hopeful.

The school community is “rallying around Sam and his family. It’s a big family,” he said.

Kristine Jernigan, principal of West Ottawa High School, said many were devastated. The news spread quickly on social media. It was a hard day at school the day after the accident. But they were encouraged by information shared by the teenager’s family.

At first, they feared the worst, she said. Now they hope for the best.

“I’m really proud of how our kids and the community have kind of wrapped their arms around him from afar,” Jernigan said.

She has known the family for years and said Sam was loved by many at school. She has been in contact with the teenager’s mother.

“I think they feel the love of the community.”

Jernigan noted that a GoFundMe page was nearing its goal of $15,000.

The page read, “Sam is such a nice, sweet kid. He is heavily involved in West Ottawa college football as a wide receiver. He loves spending time with his friends and playing ball at the beach. He loves working for his older brother Drew at the Freedom Boat Club, and he spent most of his summer there! Sam is loved by so many, and he has the most amazing support system!”

He said the teenager suffered multiple injuries and underwent surgery to relieve pressure from skull fractures.

In an update, Jill Smalldon said: “There are angels among us.”

She said Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies determined her son was driving at high speed when his vehicle veered off the road. She said it was unusual for him, but she knows he’s like any other teenager.

The car broke in two, she wrote. Only the driver’s seat was intact.

“Anyway, it was a really bad choice on his part. Let this be a lesson to all the teenagers who think you’re invincible. You’re not.”

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Arkadelphia talks about the legacy of football player OBU https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/arkadelphia-talks-about-the-legacy-of-football-player-obu/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:53:00 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/arkadelphia-talks-about-the-legacy-of-football-player-obu/ Ouachita Baptist University and the community of Arkadelphia are mourning the loss of football player Clark Yarbrough who died suddenly over the weekend. ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – The entire Arkadelphia community mourns the loss of a campus leader. Clark Yarbrough, 21, died after collapsing early Sunday morning, but details of his death have not been released […]]]>

Ouachita Baptist University and the community of Arkadelphia are mourning the loss of football player Clark Yarbrough who died suddenly over the weekend.

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – The entire Arkadelphia community mourns the loss of a campus leader.

Clark Yarbrough, 21, died after collapsing early Sunday morning, but details of his death have not been released as an autopsy is underway.

In Yarbrough’s honor, the lights at Cliff Harris Stadium, home of the Ouachita Baptist University football team, dimmed a bit on Tuesday night.

Head football coach Todd Knight described Yarbrough as “an incredible young man” and also said he was a “great leader”.

Coach Knight and the rest of the community all focused on who Yarbrough was.

“He was an honorable mention, an all-conference player coming out of last year and had very high expectations for this year,” Knight explained. “There is a hole in this dressing room, not just as a player, but as a leader and mentor to young people.”

Clark, a native of Rowlett, a suburb of Dallas, was a key defensive player. Besides playing football, he played an even bigger role in the lives of those around him.

“You know, make you think and think about your words and the decisions you make and how you live your life, and Clark was a great example of that,” Knight said. “Living through his faith, and I’m proud to know Clark Yarbrough.”

Clark spent 4 years with the OBU Tigers, and there are plenty of memories to recount – Knight explained there was a recent one that kept him going.

“I have a brand new grandson, he’s two years old. And he’s bumping fists with Clark,” Knight said. “This photo that I will have all my life.”

Yarbrough was called back to the Little Rock Touchdown Club, which showed that those memories are even bigger than the community of Arkadelphia.

Tigers announcer Rex Nelson said one of his trademarks on an Ouachita touchdown was “the promised land.”

“Clark was a believer, and that day I have no doubt he saw the real promised land,” Nelson said.

While there’s no answer for the hole Yarbrough left behind, Knight said it won’t stop the team or slow it down. He added that this was not what Clark would have wanted.

“As the pastor said this morning, we’re not going to get over this, we’ll get through this, and we’ll probably be better off,” Knight said. “I’ll be honest with you, just because we know Clark and we really know what he wants from us today.”

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