Officials said that a talented high school football player from New Jersey passed away on Wednesday as a result of what appears to have been a traumatic brain injury sustained during a game two weeks earlier.
Mayor of Linden, Derek Armstead, a close friend of the McClain family, confirmed the untimely death of 16-year-old Xavier McClain, a sophomore at Linden High School.
Xavier McClain was injured during the game, then passed away
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Xavier was hurt during a game against Woodbridge on September 9 when he took a terrible hit while returning a kickoff to start the second half.
According to the outlet, game footage shows an ambulance pulling up on the sidelines following the devastating hit.
According to Armstead, who attended the game, McClain was in a coma at University Hospital for about two weeks, according to News12.
“Together we prayed for a miracle and hoped for a different outcome. I trust that God knows better,” Armstead wrote in a post on social media.
“With your prayers, Xavier fought a good fight. In the end, he succumbed to the injuries that he sustained a couple weeks ago while playing football during the LHS Tigers’ game vs Woodbridge.”
“This news hurts because I have known his parents, Lisa and Norm, for years, Xavier and Andres, their two sons, since they were little boys. Tragically their worst fear came true.”
According to NJ.com, the superintendent’s email on Thursday morning informed the Linden School District workers of Xavier‘s passing.
According to the outlet, Xavier played at times as a freshman and was one of only a handful of sophomores to gain a starting spot on the school’s varsity team.