Wagner College sophomore linebacker killed in car accident

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The college football world and a community are mourning this week after Wagner College sophomore linebacker Nashawn Brooks was killed in a car accident.

Wagner linebacker Nashawn Brooks killed in a car accident

Wagner College’s sophomore linebacker Nashawn Brooks and two others tragically died in a car accident in Essex County, New Jersey, on Tuesday night. The two other victims died at the scene, while Brooks made it to the hospital before passing away on Wednesday morning, per silive.com.

Brooks was set to play an expanded role this upcoming season at Wagner, with the coaching staff believing he could become a starter. Following his tragic passing, Wagner’s first-year coach Tom Masella reflected on how he will remember Brooks.

“In the couple of months I’ve known him, he was a kid who always worked hard, did the right thing and had a smile on his face,” Masela said, via silive.com. “He was a good person, who happened to be very athletic and he was probably going to be a captain of our team one day.”

He grew up in Jersey and starred at Irvington High School, putting his athleticism, leadership and skills on display in football and wrestling.

Our condolences go out to Wagner University, Brooks’ family, friends and the families of the other victims killed in the accident.