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Navy RB Will McKamey, dead at the age of 19

William McKamey

Sadly, there will be no happy ending for the already-tragic situation that developed over the weekend at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The Navy confirmed in a release sent out late Tuesday night that running back Will McKamey passed away earlier in the day at Baltimore Shock Trauma.  McKamey collapsed during a spring practice session Saturday afternoon and was airlifted via helicopter to the emergency medical facility, where he underwent surgery on his brain.  McKamey had been in a coma since shortly after collapsing.

He was just 19 years old.

“During this most difficult of times, first and foremost, our prayers and thoughts turn to Randy, Kara and their beautiful family,” said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo in a statement. “Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to their entire family and friends. As our Navy football family mourns the loss of one of our brothers, we also celebrate and honor his life. He loved his family, his friends and his teammates. The Brotherhood loves you! Keep the ball ‘high and tight’ in Heaven.”

McKamey’s collapse Saturday was the second on-field incident the running back has suffered the past two years; during his high school days, he suffered a similar episode during a game. McKamey missed the Tennessee high school playoffs in 2012 due to the first incident, but was still named the state’s Mr. Football that year.

Photo: Navy Athletics

Photo: Navy Athletics

In a statement sent through the Navy sports information department Monday, the family stated that their son had “been seen by four different neurosurgeons and had 4-6 CAT scans and MRI’s to rule out any issue and clear him for contact.”

“I want to be clear that the Navy football program nor us as his parents would have ever allowed him to be in a dangerous situation,” the statement emphasized.

The family stated that “Navy coaches… poured through the films of practice” prior to McKamey collapsing and found nothing out of the ordinary. Three days later, McKamey was dead.

“We are all so very heartbroken by the death of Midshipman Will McKamey,” said Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Mike Miller. “This is devastating news for his family, his classmates, his teammates and the entire Naval Academy family. We offer our deepest condolences to Will’s family, friends and shipmates in the wake of this tragedy.”

McKamey did not play as a true freshman for the Midshipmen as a true freshman in 2013.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to McKamey’s family, friends, teammates and coaches as they deal with this tragedy.

(Photo credit: Navy athletics)

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15 Responses to “Navy RB Will McKamey, dead at the age of 19”
  1. suprmous says: Mar 26, 2014 2:34 AM

    Prayers to this young man’s family and to his brothers at the Academy. Tough loss for both. May they all find Peace, Love, and Understandin thru the One who gives us that unconditionaly.

  2. huskerzfan says: Mar 26, 2014 2:57 AM

    All my best for Will his family.

  3. meatcarroll says: Mar 26, 2014 6:17 AM

    RIP white runningback. Literally a dying breed. ;_;

  4. tommy57 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:50 AM

    I think meatcarroll may be a small child, demanding our attention.

  5. janessa31888 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:29 AM

    So the guy passes away, and meatcarroll makes fun of him because hes a white running back? SMH. Not funny, dude.

  6. capone888 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:05 AM

    They never said what caused him to collapse the first time in high school. I assume they never found anything and just figured it was a fluke occurrence.

    I don’t care if the kid had 4-6 cat scans and MRIs afterwards to clear him to play; Doctors should never had allowed him to go back out there without a definitive cause.

    R.I.P. and prayers.

  7. timmons94 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:10 AM

    Rip will…. Prayers to will’s family

  8. ningenito78 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:02 AM

    Hey meatcarrol way to go. Classy. Douchebag.
    Prayers to the family and Naval Academy. Just a guy wrenching tragedy.

  9. steeler1nation says: Mar 26, 2014 12:52 PM

    Prayers to Will’s family. And to the Navy football program.
    p.s. for any of your internet cowards, hiding behind the keyboard, downvoting well wishes & prayers in this tragic situation (seriously, who does that) : karma is a b*tch.

  10. florida727 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:34 PM

    Got to agree with the others. What kind of a life must you have to degrade well-wishers in a tragic circumstance. Wow, what a moron.

    Mr. Football in a talent-rich state like TN? Man, this guy must have been terrific. And smart enough to get into the Naval Academy? May have been a relatively short life, but certainly a successful one. Prayers to all his family, friends, and teammates.

  11. normtide says: Mar 26, 2014 2:19 PM

    My heart goes out to this young man’s family, friends, and teammates. My family prays for them.

    People like meatcarrol are what’s wrong with the internet. But still, I pray he never has to go through such a tragedy.

  12. noaxetogrind says: Mar 26, 2014 2:34 PM

    @ capone888, I bet you are one of those guys who is an expert on everything. You know the kind of guy who has the answer to every question in every discussion, especially after it has happened. For your enlightenment, there are episodic medical events all the time for which no explaination is ever found, both good and bad. The young man simply collapsed at practice. It was not after a hit, it was not after some extraordinary effort, he collapsed. It could have happened while he was in PT at the Academy training. It could have happened from shoveling snow 10 years from now. Or like most people with an episodic event with no traceable origin, he could have lived the rest of his life without medical incident. You obviously have no clue as to the rigorous physical standards Annapolis has just to be admitted. If his parents, the doctors and most importantly the young man were comfortable with the facts as they knew them, who are you to judge? This young man lived his life to the fullest it appears, excelling in multiple endeavors. I choose to salute him, his family and his team mates as oppossed to looking for fault when there is none.

  13. suprmous says: Mar 26, 2014 6:08 PM

    Please somebody tell me why do you vote people down at times like this? This young fellow didn’t deserve a short life, his family and friends didn’t deserve to lose him so early, and yet when strangers offer their condolences you come back at em for showin support as if we’re hypocrits. You don’t us and for the most part you never will. It saddens me to think there are people out there like you who have l’il regard for others let alone for those who really do have a sense of showin we care. My family taught me to pray durin times of grief and durin good times. And believe it or not for all people and that includes people like you and the others who fail to see that there are those who care. So if you can’t see where we care just don’t bother to vote us down and we’ll all be on even field. God bless my fellow believers and even you who don’t believe. In His Love and Mine, Suprmous

  14. suprmous says: Mar 26, 2014 6:15 PM

    I meant to say you don’t know us.

  15. kansacity88 says: Mar 27, 2014 3:43 PM

    Dammit! I was pulling for this kid to come through. Sad day! Prayers go out to/for the family and friends!

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