Don’t look now, but there are already two non-professional football deaths in 2012.
A week ago Tuesday, a 15-year-old Tennessee high school player, Dana Payne, complained of chest pains in practice before collapsing and dying.
In May, a semipro player from Indiana, David Coleman, 32, died of a “burst aorta” during a charity game near Toledo, Ohio. Football fatality and catastrophic injury compiler Matt Chaney — whose lists are far more comprehensive and diligent than those of highly quoted authority Dr. Robert Cantu — notes that chest impact, or “commotio cordis,” was cited in the autopsy here.
But hey, no worries, people … neither one was a concussion. Heads up and life is beautiful.