Two players die after Saturday’s college football action

By Vincent Frank
Nov 21, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; General view of a football with the College Football Playoff logo prior to the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Idaho Vandals at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

This past Saturday was one of tragedy for multiple college football programs around the nation. Two players died this week directly due to what happened on the field Saturday.

Midwestern State cornerback Robert Grays died Tuesday following a serious neck injury he suffered last weekend in a game against Texas A&M-Kingsville.

“Today we mourn the loss of one of our own,” Midwestern State president Suzanne Shipley said in a statement Wednesday, via ESPN. “Robert Grays died yesterday from critical injuries suffered in Saturday’s game. I know you will join me in expressing the sincerest condolences of the MSU community to Robert’s family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts in the coming days.”

Meanwhile, Clayton Geib, an offensive lineman for College of Wooster, died on Monday after cramping and hyperventilating in the locker room following Saturday’s game against Ohio Wesleyan.

“Geib, 21, a senior chemistry major at Wooster, fell ill upon returning to the locker room, and died Sunday afternoon at Wooster Community Hospital, according to a statement released by the college,” The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier in the week. “He had been transported to the hospital Saturday by the EMS squad.”

Geib’s cause of death is not yet known. Though, it’s safe to say something went wrong on the field itself when his team took on Ohio Wesleyan at John P. Papp Stadium. Prior to his death, and after his team’s win, Geib was overheard telling his father “this is the best day ever.”

In reality, this was the deadliest day of college football in decades. Prior to Saturday, three individuals had passed away from causes directly related to college football since 2002.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by these two tragedies.