Maloney Tragedy Raises Football Concerns

Posted on November 12, 2013 by

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Andre Maloney, a star high school football player for Shawnee Mission West High School, collapsed during a game.

The standout wide receiver collapsed on the sideline after catching a 63-yard touchdown pass.

Maloney was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The doctors found that Andre had a blood clot in his brain. During surgery, the doctors could not remove it.

Friends and family were able to visit Andre in his hospital room. Nobody could believe what they witnessed.

“It’s Andre, he’ll be fine. There is a bond that can’t be broken,” Justin Fetzer, Maloney’s childhood friend, said.  “He is a brother to me.”

It shocked everyone. The player everyone wanted was all of a sudden gone.  Last year, Maloney, who had already been verbally recruited to The University of Kansas, helped his team win its first state championship since 1985.

That Friday afternoon, two hundred students gathered on the football field to say prayers.

Friends, family, teachers, recruiters were all shocked. Nobody could believe it.

Maloney had been on the sidelines after catching a touchdown pass. He went to grab a cup of water when, all of a sudden, he collapsed.

“I rushed to the field and saw Andre lying there,” Maloney’s grandmother said.  “He was conscious, but you could tell he wasn’t clear.”

“I looked up to him and tried to be like him up to the point that this was the year I was going to race him, just to see how I measured up to him,” teammate Omollo said.  “But I won’t get that chance.”

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