Family sues over college football player’s death after second concussion

Photo of the 2011 Frostburg State football team from the official athletic website.

Concussions will be a major part about football in the foreseeable future, and it ends up playing a tragic role for a Frostburg State football player. The parents of the player that died after receiving multiple concussions have sued the coach, the school, and the NCAA.

From the Associated Press report:

The parents of a Frostburg State University football player who died after a second concussion accuse coaches at the Maryland school of conducting dangerous drills that caused repeated blows to the head.

A wrongful-death lawsuit says that 22-year-old Derek Sheely, of Germantown, Md., returned to play despite bleeding from the forehead during the 2011 training camp.

The lawsuit filed last week in state court also names the NCAA and head coach Thomas Rogish as defendants.

Sheely was a senior fullback before he died on August 28th, 2011.

The Frostburg State football program is in Division III, and their head coach is Tom Rogish, who entering his seventh season. Neither Rogish or the school made a comment, but the NCAA denies allegations made by Sheely’s parents.

Specifically, the lawsuit blames the head coach’s practices, and that “players were marginalized if they complained about injuries.”

It’s another lawsuit that lands in the hands of the NCAA and NFL, and more will continue to come in. Will concussions finally break apart America’s new pastime?

Topics: Derek Sheely, Frostburg State

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