A high school football player from Michigan tragically died over Thanksgiving from a heart attack.
Trevon Tyler was a six-foot 4, 300 pound, 11th grader at South Lyon East High School in Michigan, where he played guard and tackle until he suffered a torn meniscus in an October 4 game.
The 17-year-old underwent exploratory surgery on his knee last week but suffered a blood clot afterwards.
On Friday, the clot traveled to his heart, causing a fatal heart attack.
Students were encouraged to wear white when they returned to school Monday after the Thanksgiving break in Tyler’s honor.
They also honored his memory by decorating his locker.
‘They took sticky notes, wrote letters to him and pasted them all over his locker,” coach Joe Pesci told ClickonDetroit.
Pesci said the team will pay tribute on the field next season, wearing stickers on their helmets with Tyler’s uniform number 54 and his initials.
The team will also respect him in 2020 with the slogan:
‘We are East! We will? Play for Tre!’
Tyler was a starter on offense and in the rotation on the defensive side of the ball.
Once word filtered through social media that Tyler passed away, his teammates came together like a big family, sharing stories in the locker room and crying.
‘We had about 20 guys there, six coaches and my athletic director,” Pesci told the Detroit Free Press. ‘For about an hour we sat in the locker (room) and talked about the situation about Trevon.’
Chad Stuckey, the team’s offensive line coach, thinks Tyler was talented enough for the college level.
‘I don’t know at what division,’ he told the Detroit Free Press. ‘But he was an athletic kid, good feet. Hardworking kid.’
‘He had surgery maybe three or 3½ weeks ago to have that fixed,’ Pesci said. ‘That surgery went really well. They fixed everything up. He had been doing physical therapy with our trainer at the school.’
He underwent exploratory surgery November 25, but a complication developed into a blood clot late on Thanksgiving leading to death just hours later.
‘It’s somewhat mind-boggling that it could happen,” Pesci said.
A GoFundMe page was created to ‘support his family.’ As of this writing, they are just short of $30,000 goal.
Some of the comments from those donating show what a difference he made, despite his age.
‘Trevon’s life positively impacted our South Lyon East High School Family. Love and support one another,’ one woman said.
‘Trevor was a very nice student and young man. He loves Hot Cheetos and Chocolate Milk in the lunch line. He will be missed by his East lunch ladies. We love you.’
Another woman said her son was in classes with Tyler.
‘Trevon was fun to be around and made him laugh. He truly will be missed.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jerry Barmash