A 14-year-old high school football player died Tuesday due to an injury suffered during a game over the weekend.
NBC New York reported that Tyler Christman, a freshman at Carthage High School in New York, was injured during Saturday’s junior varsity game against West Genesee High School. Jason Christman, Tyler’s father, posted on Facebook Tuesday that his son had died as a result of the head injury.
“This is not the way we envisioned it, but this is what we have been dealt,” Jason Christman wrote. “We all prayed for a miracle to happen for you to be saved. Sadly the damage was just too much. You will always be our hero and soon you will be a hero to the people that receive your life saving Organ donations and a hero to all the family members who have spent many sleepless nights praying for their miracle. YOU will be that miracle. You will live on as such a wonderful gift of love and life.”
Friday’s game between Carthage and Indian River was canceled, according to Syracuse.com. The Carthage Central School District website posted that community and school counseling resources have been made available to students and staff members.
According to NBC News, Carthage athletic director Jason Brown and football coach Joe Sech issued a joint statement Wednesday.
"Tyler was an amazing young athlete and participated on many of our athletic teams at Carthage Central,” the statement reads. “His ability to be an outstanding teammate and his infectious personality will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Words cannot describe how heartbroken we all are for the entire Christman family. Tyler, and all of the Christman’s have been a very big part of the Carthage Football family for years. Our sincerest condolences go out to their entire family.”