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Helmet-to-helmet hit blamed in death

Updated: September 15, 2011, 11:04 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- A traumatic brain injury from a helmet-to-helmet hit during practice caused the death of a Frostburg State University football player last month, his father said Tuesday.

Kenneth Sheely of Germantown said the family is convinced that Derek Sheely's death was accidental.

"Derek would want people to know this was an accident," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

The 22-year-old senior fullback died Aug. 28, six days after he collapsed during ...

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