High School Football Player Dies One Week After Breaking Neck In Game


A high school football player in Mississippi succumbed to injuries one week after breaking his neck during a game. Jeremiah Williams, a junior defensive back at Greenville High School, died at University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday (Nov. 9).

The teen fractured his C1 and C2 vertebrae while attempting a tackle during a game against Madison Central High School, last week. The injury is considered the most severe among spinal cord injuries.

Williams received CPR before being airlifted to UMMC where he was placed on a ventilator,  Mississippi news station WJTV reports.

Students at Greenville held a prayer vigil for Williams as he fought for his life in the hospital. Amid news of his tragic death, the Madison Central Jaguars paid tribute to Williams during a winning game Friday night.

“Our hearts are truly broken for The Williams Family and the entire Greenville High School Community,” read a tweet from the team. “You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.”

See below for dedications to Williams and more on the teen’s story.

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