As noted here yesterday, 19-year-old Myzelle Law, of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, has become the first known fatality this year during preseason football conditioning and practices. The death of Law follows those of two others in recent years – likewise large 19-year-old African-American interior linemen – on Kansas junior college campuses. Tirrell Williams perished at Fort Scott Community College in 2021. Braeden Bradforth died at Garden City Community College in 2018.
The Bradforth story is told in depth in a chapter of the forthcoming book, Without Helmets or Shoulder Pads: The American Way of Death in Football Conditioning. The Muchnick book, scheduled for October publication, is available for pre-orders.
On Thursday, August 3, Muchnick will be discussing the Myzelle Law death and the issue of the pandemic of non-traumatic football deaths on Up to Date, the daily talk show on Kansas City’s National Public Radio affiliate KCUR, 89.3. The segment is scheduled to air at 9:08 a.m. Central Daylight Time.