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Simply Heartbreaking: Eight-Year-Old Boy Tragically Dies After Collapsing During Football Practice


Just terrible, gut-wrenching news: Tyler Maxwell (not pictured above), an eight-year-old boy from Glenville, West Virginia, died today at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston after collapsing yesterday during the opening day of football practice for a youth league.

Monday was the opening day of football practice for the youth league at the Gilmer County High School Titans practice field. Also on the field were about 30 high school players and Head Coach Bucky Stewart.

“It was pretty sad. He was an 8-year-old playing football. That’s killed me. I was there when it happened,” said Stewart. “Tuesday we started out the day with a prayer. Our guys are all going to go to the wake and we’re going to put stickers on our helmets for Tyler Maxwell.”

Sadly, we have grown somewhat accustomed to hearing about this when it happens to adult athletes, but to think that a little boy is gone at the age of 8 just breaks my heart. I don’t even know what to add except my thoughts are with his family. Just tragic.

Boy dies after collapsing at football practice [Parkersburg News & Sentinel]