A high school junior in Georgia died Sunday after being seriously injured during a Friday night football game. WSB-TV reports Dylan Thomas of Pike County High School was involved in a collision in the first half of the game that the 16-year-old initially seemed to shake off. Uncle Nick Burgess told the station that he heard by the second half of the game Dylan "was saying that you know he wasn't really feeling right and that's when his left leg and left arm went numb and he pretty much fell off the bench." Dylan was taken roughly an hour north to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where Sports Illustrated reports he had two surgeries in a bid to reduce brain swelling.
Burgess on Saturday wrote on Facebook that "as of right now his brain is still swelling even if he does pull through chances are he will not be the same." As for how rare such fatalities are, WTVR cites data from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research that shows in 2017, of the 4 million kids and young people who played football, four died from a direct result of the game, such as a hit sustained during it, and nine as an indirect result, such as from heatstroke. The original version of this story quoted coach Rod Reed as discussing Dylan's hit, as reported by WTVR. Reed was actually discussing an injury sustained by Christion Abercrombie of Tennessee State, where Reed is the coach. (Read more football stories.)