Frostburg State Football Player's Parents File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Monday, Aug 26, 2013  |  Updated 9:33 PM EDT
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Frostburg St. Footballer's Parents File Wrongful Death Suit

Derek Sheely died after a concussion during a football practice at Frostburg State.

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Two years after a Frostburg State University football player died of a concussion, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Derek Sheely, 22, of Germantown, Md., collapsed during preseason practice in August 2011. He died six days later.

The lawsuit filed last week accuses the school of letting him continue with contact drills despite bleeding heavily from his forehead. The suit also claims his death was preventable.

The lawsuit names the NCAA and his head coach as defendants.

Spokesmen for the school and the NCAA said they have no immediate comment.

Sheely helped lead his 2006 Northwest High School team to a 12-1 record. He was the starting fullback for Frostburg State when he died.

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