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Frostburg State Reports Football Player’s Death

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — A Frostburg State University football player has died after collapsing during practice.

School President Jonathan Gibralter announced the death of Derek Sheely in a campus email sent Monday. He called Sheely a “truly exemplary human being.”

Sheely collapsed Aug. 22 after being escorted from the field. He died late Sunday at the University of Maryland’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

He was fullback for the Bobcats and a senior majoring in history and political science. Sheely was from Germantown.

Gibralter said Sheely’s family sent him a message saying that he had “never run from a challenge and he fought this with everything he had.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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