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SAD--Niners lineman dies after game....

Discussion in 'All Other Team Discussions' started by ORRELSE, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. ORRELSE

    ORRELSE Cheesehead

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    Wonder if he's related to our Atlas?


    Lineman collapses, dies after preseason game

    By EDDIE PELLS, AP Sports Writer
    August 21, 2005
    DENVER (AP) -- San Francisco offensive lineman Thomas Herrion collapsed in the locker room and died Sunday morning, shortly after the 49ers played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game. He was 23.

    Herrion, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard, was on the field for San Francisco's 14-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a touchdown with 2 seconds left.

    Players had finished listening to coach Mike Nolan address them in a postgame meeting when Herrion collapsed. Medics administered CPR on him and took him to an ambulance that rushed him to a nearby hospital.

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    About three hours later, 49ers spokesman Aaron Salkin confirmed that Herrion had been pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately known.

    ``This is a colossal tragedy for the 49ers and the entire NFL community,'' Salkin said. ``We still do not know all the details. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Herrion family.''

    The death comes a little more than four years after offensive lineman Korey Stringer of the Minnesota Vikings died of heatstroke during a training camp practice on a day during which the heat index soared to 110.

    Since Stringer's death, NFL teams have increased their efforts to teach players about hydration and how to manage the heat. They have been experimenting with sensors to measure players' core body temperatures, although those by themselves wouldn't be able to prevent a heat-related death.

    Temperatures were in the mid-60s with 50 percent humidity Saturday night in Denver, although experts say heatstroke can occur even in cool conditions.

    After the game, Nolan said he had no comments about San Francisco's 26-21 loss to the Broncos.

    ``There are more important things on our mind than the game,'' he said. ``Right now, our thoughts and prayers are with Thomas Herrion.''

    Shortly after that statement, the Niners got dressed and boarded buses that took them to the Denver airport for their flight back to California. Salkin said coaches notified players of the tragedy at the airport.

    ``We didn't see anything happen,'' Niners defensive lineman Marques Douglas said. ``I sat by my locker and prayed for him.''

    Herrion, a first-year player with the 49ers, played college ball at Utah and spent part of last season on the San Francisco and Dallas practice squads. He also played this season with the Hamburg Sea Dogs of NFL Europe.

    Stringer's death was thought to be the first of its kind in the NFL. In 1979, St. Louis Cardinals tight end J.V. Cain died of a heart attack during training camp. Chuck Hughes, a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, died of a heart attack Oct. 24, 1972, during a game in Detroit against the Chicago Bears.

    In April, Arena Football League player Al Lucas of the Los Angeles Avengers died of a spinal-cord injury he endured while making a tackle.
     
  2. agopackgo4

    agopackgo4 Cheesehead

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    This reallly is a sad story. I feel bad for the guy. Just a rookie and a whole carrer ahead of him. It is a true shame and I feel terribile for his family and for the Niners.
     
  3. Zero2Cool

    Zero2Cool I own a website

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    I have to feel bad for his family, they had to be so proud of him and now this. Too bad we can't live forever.
     
  4. Ryan

    Ryan Cheesehead

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    Wow how terrible is that... man.
     
  5. agopackgo4

    agopackgo4 Cheesehead

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    It just shows that we can go at anytime. Who would have thunk it?
     
  6. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    I think after 2 deaths in 5 years, maybe it is time for the NFL to step in on this topic. For the players protection, shouldn't there be some standard for some of these obese athletes to maintain before they can play? Just like injuries, playing at these weights has long term effects on the body.
     
  7. digsthepack

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    God, it seems like just yesterday that Jerry Ball became he NFL's first 300 pounder.....now that is half the league.

    I am no doctor, but something tells me that regardless of how large the outer shell becomes due to diet, workouts, etc., the AVERAGE person/athlete only has so much capacity in his vital organs, and thus, their ability to sustain is compromised.

    I am suprised we do not hear more of this kind of thing.
     

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