An autopsy revealed Evan Murray, who quarterbacked the Warren Hills Regional High School football team in Warren Hills, NJ, died of a lacerated spleen, according to NJ Advance Media.
Murray died Friday after sustaining the injury after getting hit in the backfield during a game. He walked off the field under his own power, and later collapsed on the sideline. He was able to get up, and was taken to the hospital.
Morris County Medical Examiner Ronald Suarez’s autopsy showed that Murray’s spleen was larger than normal, which meant it was more susceptible to injury. He ruled the death accidental.
According to a report from NJ.com, Murray’s teammates thought the senior quarterback may have been injured by more than just one hit.
“He did take a pretty hard hit just before the last (hit), where he took a helmet to the stomach,” defensive end Bailey Lieberman said.
Murray was a three-sport athlete, playing baseball and basketball in addition to football.
In a statement Monday, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Executive Director Steve Timko said he was “heartbroken” over the incident.
“Our condolences go to his family and the entire Warren Hills community,” he said.
Over 2,600 people have signed a petition to rename the Warren Hills football field “Evan Murray Memorial Field.”
- Kenny Ducey