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Family releases statement on Navy player who collapsed at practice

William McKamey

Sadly, the latest update regarding the status of a Navy football player is far from encouraging.

Saturday afternoon, Navy running back Will McKamey collapsed during a spring practice session and was rushed via helicopter to a local hospital.  The cadet remains hospitalized — he underwent emergency surgery at the Baltimore Trauma Center — with the family of the player releasing a statement through the Navy Sports Information Department addressing their son’s current status.

The family’s statement, which appears below, is heartbreaking.

There is no new news.  We still have only small responses from Will. Our entire family appreciates each and every one that has reached out to us. The photos of Will, the support, the prayers, seeing everybody rally around us has been unbelievable. It amazes me how this one kid is touching so many…from coast to coast. Our God is using Will for a huge platform right now. I know many of you wish you could be here with us, but know that the Navy family has stepped in for our Knoxville family and they are providing an unbelievable support system. Pray for the Navy football players and coaches as well, they are all here and doing everything in their power to pull Will through.

McKamey, the state of Tennessee’s Mr. Football in 2012, collapsed during a high school game due to a brain injury.  The mom stated this incident is similar.

(Photo credit: Navy athletics)

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5 Responses to “Family releases statement on Navy player who collapsed at practice”
  1. steeler1nation says: Mar 23, 2014 8:50 PM

    Prayers for Will

  2. georgewashingtonsghost says: Mar 23, 2014 8:55 PM

    As a cadet at Annapolis, he’s undoubtably tough and strong without an ounce of quit in him. Here’s hoping he pulls through. Good luck and God bless.

  3. seanb20124 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:53 AM

    If you collapse in HS due to a brain injury, maybe time to hang up the cleats. Hope he gets better, but poor parenting in this case.

  4. nytroutdog says: Mar 24, 2014 9:02 AM

    Poor parenting? Pathetic you’d put that here: he’s a grown man at this point. Prayers.

  5. noaxetogrind says: Mar 24, 2014 2:44 PM

    @sean20124, unlike you I will attempt to make a point but use some decorum. I understand you questioning how a kid who had a brain injury in high school would be playing college football but to lay it at the feet of the parents without any other information seems to indicate that it is perhaps you who has the brain injury. I too question the process. However I also take into account that his parents probably love and care for him more than I do, the fact that he was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy which has rigorous physical standards just to be admitted, and the fact that he was obviously cleared by doctors at the academy to play football. I am sure the young man and his family made an informed decision based on the information they had been given by the doctors after the first injury. I don’t have a problem with you questioning what happened, I have a problem with you assessing blame when you are completely ignorant of the facts, just the like the rest of us.

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