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2014 Jayhawk commit suffers stroke during game, dies

Andrew Maloney

It doesn’t get more heartbreaking than this.

Thursday night, Overland Park (Kan.) Shawnee Mission West High School football player and Kansas verbal Andrew Maloney had just caught a 63-yard touchdown pass when things began to go horrifically wrong.  The defensive back/wide receiver’s coach said the player became dizzy and disoriented; his cousin, who was at the game and rushed onto the field after noticing something wasn’t right, said “Andre [was] laying there, drooling, with his head tilted to the right. He was conscious, but you could tell he wasn’t clear. He was mumbling. It didn’t make sense.”

Maloney was rushed to a local hospital via ambulance and underwent a three-hour emergency surgery to remove a blood clot.  Sadly, the surgery was unsuccessful and, Friday, the family decided to remove a non-responsive Maloney from life support as the stroke claimed the high schooler’s life.

He was just 17 years old.

“We are absolutely devastated by the news of the passing of Andre Maloney,” KU head coach Charlie Weis said in a statement. “Our hearts are broken at the loss of such an outstanding young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his mother, Rosalita. We knew from the moment we met Andre just how special he was and he will never be forgotten. The Jayhawk family will forever hold Andre close to our hearts.”

Maloney, a three-star player according to, had verbally committed to Kansas in June of this year.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.  I can’t even begin to imagine.

(Photo credit: Kansas City Star)

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7 Responses to “2014 Jayhawk commit suffers stroke during game, dies”
  1. thegamecocker says: Oct 5, 2013 8:52 AM

    Incredibly tragic news. Thoughts and prayers are with his Family, friends, and teammates.

  2. thegonz13 says: Oct 5, 2013 9:30 AM

    It seems unfair to see a young man gone at such an early age. He had his entire life, filled with hopes and dreams, ahead of him.

    My thoughts are with his family, his friends and teammates.

  3. Jackson Scofield says: Oct 5, 2013 11:31 AM

    Reblogged this on ScoSports and commented:
    Sad story

  4. kcrobert10 says: Oct 5, 2013 12:39 PM

    I would like to send my condolences to the family of the young man. We have had a great hs football season hear in kc such a tragic incident. Even though I’m a tiger fan and he was a soon to be jayhawker my thoughts go out to his family and extended family at both sm west and the university of Kansas.

  5. ukeone says: Oct 5, 2013 2:15 PM

    My condolences to the Maloney family, all his friends and classmates, as well as to the Kansas Jayhawks. Yes, a great loss to family and friends, but a tremendous gain for the Eternal Kingdom. The GREAT COACH claims only ‘the very best’, as Andrew is now a forever-member of ‘the greatest team of all time.’ Eternal Memory to you, Andrew!

  6. shadowcell says: Oct 5, 2013 3:11 PM

    That’s terrible. Condolences to all involved. Wow.

  7. suprmous says: Oct 6, 2013 9:56 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to this young man’s family and friends and Jayhawk family. Rest assured that one day you’ll see him on the other side and he’ll be waiting to tell you just how much he’s missed and loved you as you have him. May your memories make your days go by a lot quicker and smoother. In His Love and Mine from an SEC Fan and Fan of the Big Guy Above.

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