August 19th, 2013
04:52 PM ET

High School Football Death

De'Antre Turman, 16, was a promising high school athlete – named the Top Defensive Back at Atlanta's MVP camp in June – he had already received a scholarship offer to play college football for the University of Kentucky.

But then his life was cut short after making what appeared to be a routine tackle during a pre-season football game on Friday night. One of his coaches Glenn Ford watched in horror from the sidelines, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Turman – affectionately called Tre-Tre by his teammates- died from injuries to his back and neck.

He is the 4th teen to lose his life while playing high school football just this month, which again, raises questions about the safety of the sport – especially for teens

In California, 14 year old Mitchell Cook died – collapsing on the field after warm ups during practice – he reportedly had a heart condition – not believed to be life threatening.

And In North Carolina and Utah-two teens also died after collapsing following morning practices.

Terry O'Neil, an advocate for safer football practices, says high school players are using techniques harder on the body than those used by NFL players.

"These players are playing 4 or 5 full speed, full contact games a week," says O'Neil. "And nobody can survive that over the long term... The history is that it's rare that one catastrophic blow would cause death."

 

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