Unity in the Wake of Tragedy

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September 4th was a day that shook the lives of all Louisiana residents. Tyrell Cameron, a player for Franklin Parish High School, passed away after a brutal hit that left him with a broken neck. His memory will live on not only in Franklin Parish, but throughout the state as well.

This season seems to have an unusually high number of injuries for the Yellow Jacket football players. Thankfully, none have been too serious; however, with Tysen Hardman and Deuce Caston being among two of our players that have been injured, the question raises about the safety of the sport. While there are numerous precautions to ensure the safety of all players, many players themselves have expressed concern over the safety of the game. Bart Scott for example, former linebacker for the Jets, has already expressed his intent not to let his teenage son play the game. Further, Terry Bradshaw believes that due to high concern about head injuries, football will be surpassed in popularity by soccer within the decade! Surely America’s favorite pastime won’t be overcome by a sport as European as soccer! Yet it is peculiar that soccer is the number one sport in the world (with tennis trailing close behind) but doesn’t garner nearly the popularity in the U.S. Or how football is by far the number one sport in the U.S. but isn’t very popular at all in the rest of the world. However, the debate still continues and doesn’t show any signs of cooling down.

Tyrell’s death opened the eyes of many in the football community to the potential dangers of the sport. It reinforced the idea that each day is a gift that we can’t take for granted. Though a tragedy, Tyrell’s passing has had a unifying effect on the City of Byrd and the state of Louisiana. Across the state, clubs and student bodies all came together to support our fallen brother. It’s unlikely that football will see any major changes to the game, so it’s important for fans to under- stand just how much each player has to love the sport. It becomes a major part of each players life, and they often develop their circle of friends around it. They bring everything they have, and some quite literally leave it all on the field.

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