Posted: 1:10 am Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Tragedy strikes Texas high school, reopens football safety debate 

By Jeff Greer

The tragic death of a 17-year-old Texas quarterback has left a high school reeling and potentially set off another debate about football safety.

West Orange-Stark High’s Reggie Garrett Jr. collapsed on the sidelines during his school’s Friday night game against Plano-Jasper. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

The cause of  his death has yet to be determined, though Garrett had a history of seizures. Experts told the Beaumont Enterprise that Garrett’s issues with seizing would not prevent him from being a successful athlete, but the Enterprise reported that some fear Garrett suffered a blow to the head that led to his collapse and eventual death.

One of Garrett’s teammates told the Enterprise that he saw Garrett twitch after he collapsed.

While officials continue to analyze Garrett and search for answers, the topic of head injuries and the dangers of playing football rises to the forefront yet again.