At least two high school football players have died on the field this month, while an autopsy on a college player who committed suicide revealed a type of brain damage typically seen in retired or aging athletes.
On Friday, a 17-year-old starting quarterback in at West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas, collapsed on the sideline after throwing a touchdown pass. Reggie Garrett was considered to have much potential for college ball and had an offer to play for Iowa State and interest from other Division I schools, a local coach told the Houston Chronicle.
Earlier this month, a football player with Wekiva High School in Apopka, Florida, collapsed on the field during practice and died after being taken to a hospital, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Ninth-grader Olivier Louis was 15. The paper says a memorial service is planned for September 25. Autopsy results are expected soon.
A newly released autopsy on a University of Pennsylvania football player who committed suicide in April revealed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can cause poor decision-making, impaired memory, erratic behavior, depression and suicide. Read CNN.com's FULL STORY on Owen Thomas.