CHICAGO (CBS) — A 17-year-old senior football player at Bogan High School has died of injuries suffered Thursday in a Public League playoff game.
Andre Smith was blocked hard to the ground, hitting his head on the final play of Bogan’s 78-22 loss to Chicago Vocational.
He walked off the field but collapsed moments later and was hospitalized overnight. A school board spokesman said Andre died late Friday morning.
The Cook County medical examiner ruled Smith died from blunt force head injuries.
The news shocked the young man’s peers. Students were warned by administrators not to comment but told WBBM there was crying in the hallways and that most of the senior football players left classes after learning of his death.