13-year-old Football Player Dies from...

13-year-old Football Player Dies from Injury

There are 31 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Oct 11, 2007, titled 13-year-old Football Player Dies from Injury. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Will McLeod was a 13-year-old 8th grader at North Lincoln Middle School. School spokeswoman Belinda Branson says he died overnight after suffering an injury on a "typical football play." Branson says emergency ...

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735stacey

Little River, SC

#1 Oct 11, 2007
Sad. Very sad.
cortney from wlms

Charlotte, NC

#2 Oct 11, 2007
we will really miss will mcleod he was a great player and friend his prayers are with us and his family here at wlms.we are sorry for the tragic loss.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILL MCLEOD
One Love

Columbia, SC

#3 Oct 11, 2007
what was the injury..my son plays it would be nice to know..so we can look at possible preventive methods..

Sorry for the loss

Since: Sep 07

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#4 Oct 11, 2007
Wow. What a blow to the team. That would put a damper on the season. I was wondering what "routine" hit occurred. Had to be either a shot to the sternum or a neck injury.

Sorry for the family, school, and town.
Donna Bullock

United States

#5 Oct 11, 2007
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Will.
Susan

Lowell, MA

#6 Oct 11, 2007
So sad....My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Debby

United States

#7 Oct 11, 2007
Will was an amazing guy..a kind,smart,and funny football player

GOD BLESS YOU WILL

NEVER 4GET U...#21
The Brewers

High Point, NC

#8 Oct 11, 2007
We did not know Will personally, but my husband coaches his cousin Nathan's baseball team in High Point, NC. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time. We are very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you.
Mary

Linden, NC

#9 Oct 11, 2007
God is still there and he cares about us all. This is sad, but not only in times like this do we need to stick together and help the family but this is needed always in every family. My prayers are sent to God above for this family...God bless be still and know that he is still God
Mary

Linden, NC

#10 Oct 11, 2007
God cares and he is still there so continue to pray and trust in the Lord...my prayers are sent to God above for the family so be still and know that he is still a miracle working God

Stay encourage and will strenthen you more and more and more

“We Go Play Hoop”

Since: Jul 07

Falls Church, VA

#11 Oct 12, 2007
One Love wrote:
what was the injury..my son plays it would be nice to know..so we can look at possible preventive methods..
Sorry for the loss
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/734360...
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/14318251/detail.ht...

Here's a couple of links with a few more details...(however scant or vague).

Unfortunately, you can't predict these kinds of injuries because of the randomness of plays in football. This is a tragedy that I'm not sure could have been prevented, though possibly may have been minimized. It's so hard to say.

Either way, prayers and condolences go out to the families, team, hospital officials, witnesses, and friends.

“Prayer Is Power”

Since: Dec 06

Faith-Not-Religion

#12 Oct 12, 2007
So sad for all. Prayers for strength, comfort, and understanding for the family and friends. God will carry you through this difficult time.
alm

Cherryville, NC

#13 Oct 14, 2007
I Miss You brother
you were more then amazing
till we meet again.
i know your with me in spirit
whats that now

AOL

#14 Oct 15, 2007
Has anyone considered that the training and game is gettin rougher these days. You here about more and more deaths on the high school level than you do in the majors.

Since: Sep 07

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#15 Oct 15, 2007
whats that now wrote:
Has anyone considered that the training and game is gettin rougher these days. You here about more and more deaths on the high school level than you do in the majors.
More and more of these deaths are from unknown or undetected congenital problems. The question is why more problems like this, thinning in the gene pools, drugs, or life styles of the biological parents?
Family

Kinston, NC

#16 Oct 18, 2007
ClownMan wrote:
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More and more of these deaths are from unknown or undetected congenital problems. The question is why more problems like this, thinning in the gene pools, drugs, or life styles of the biological parents?
ClownMan,

Just to let you know from first hand knowledge of the McLeod family, that Will came from a very upstanding Christian family. It was nothing that his parents did or did not do to cause this tragedy.

God is the only one who knows why Will had to die at such a young age.

Since: Sep 07

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#17 Oct 19, 2007
Family wrote:
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ClownMan,
Just to let you know from first hand knowledge of the McLeod family, that Will came from a very upstanding Christian family. It was nothing that his parents did or did not do to cause this tragedy.
God is the only one who knows why Will had to die at such a young age.
I did not mean to imply in this situation, it was intended as a broader statement. Sorry about that. But, if you start looking at the fact there are more events like this happening all of the time.
Family

Kinston, NC

#18 Oct 19, 2007
ClownMan wrote:
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I did not mean to imply in this situation, it was intended as a broader statement. Sorry about that. But, if you start looking at the fact there are more events like this happening all of the time.
I accept your appology, and I do realize that there are more young people being injured or dying from injuries.

I just wanted to clarify that his parents were not involved in any of the items that you stated. I know that his sister and other friends may be reading these forums and they may not understand your comments.

We can consider what you said, but we all need to realize that there is a greater power that is in control(God), and if you do not know this I pray that you will understand this. This family is taking comfort in knowing that God had a plan for Will before he was born and after his death.

In Christ Love, Family.
Lillington

United States

#19 Oct 19, 2007
So many times when tragedy comes our way or we here of someone else going through a tragedy people look for fault to determine the cause. Fault whether it be genetics, drugs, etc... is not always the cause. God is in control of this universe whether we like it or not. For those that are not used to thinking this way they look for fault more often then just excepting His will for our lives. Will's life was utilized the way God wanted it to be utilized. There is no fault in that, only glory to God.
Connor Jones

United States

#20 Oct 21, 2007
You were a good freind and a good classmate you sat beside me in science, and i love you Will and I cant wait to meet you up in heaven, we are all going to miss you, but you are in a good place right now
R.I.P Will Mcleod #21

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