Atlanta high school football player dies on the field


by CNN

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:24 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 5:53 AM

ATLANTA -- A suburban Atlanta high school football player died from injuries suffered while making a tackle during a scrimmage game, according to medical examiners.

DeAntre Turman's death came Friday after he made a tackle during a pre-season game, said Mike Alsip, a forensic investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. The teenager broke his neck, Alsip said.

"It is a dangerous sport," said Glenn Ford one of Turman's coaches. "It's like a car wreck every time when you hit someone, it's a full-speed collision."

"But we go into the game knowing there's danger in this game, and it's just something that we just deal with because we love it so much," said Ford.

Ford told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that Turman died after a "clean tackle."

"DeAntre broke on the play, helmet was up, hit the ball, the ball was dislodged and went up into the air, and his body immediately went limp. So it was a clean, fundamental tackle that he made. His body just immediately went limp," said Ford.

Ford said as a coach, he is always worried about his players, but football is a physical game.

"You do everything you can as a coach to prevent injuries, but in this sport it's going to happen," said Ford.

A group called "Practice like Pros" advocates limiting contact in practices, and no full body tackles in practices.

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