High School Football Player Dies Weeks After Knee Surgery

Coach says blood clot led to heart attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2019 5:40 AM CST

(Newser) – "It's somewhat mind-boggling that it could happen," South Lyon East High School head football coach Joe Pesci says of the death of Trevon Tyler. The 16-year-old junior offensive lineman died unexpectedly on Friday following complications from knee surgery, WXYZ reports. Pesci says the 300-pound, 6-foot-4 player suffered a torn meniscus in a game Oct. 4 and surgery "went really well" around three weeks ago. "He had to go back in, to get something cleaned up, a week ago last Monday. They said that went well. They took care of everything. Everybody went on break," Pesci tells the Detroit Free Press. "I guess, Thursday night, maybe late, he developed a blood clot. And Friday morning, we were told he developed a blood clot, which led to a heart attack, and he passed away Friday morning."

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Pesci says players and coaches at the Detroit-area high school held a team meeting to grieve for Trevon. "Zander Desentz, our quarterback, stood up and talked to the guys about how bad it hurts right now, but from here on out, we dedicate everything to Tre," he says. Offensive line coach Chad Stuckey tells the Free Press that he believes Trevon could have played at the next level and he is stunned by the death. "His community is heartbroken," a GoFundMe page set up to support his family says. “He wasn’t just a player respected by his coaches and teammates he was a friend and student loved by so many here at South Lyon East High School and in the South Lyon Community." (Read more high school football stories.)

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