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 Rivals.com, 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)