Euclid High School football player remembered as special, irreplaceable teen

EUCLID, Ohio--  Family and friends of Euclid high school football player Andre Jackson, 17, are mourning his death. He was injured during Euclid's game against Solon on Friday night and died at the hospital on Sunday.

There is no word yet on the cause of death, so we do not know if the teen died from the injury or from a preexisting condition.

"He was going for the ball and one of their guys was going for the ball, and I think he got kicked or kneed or something like that. It was a completely normal play; I mean it was just a very strange situation and sad situation," said Jeff Rotsky, Euclid High School football coach.

Andre Jackson was initially treated by the team medical staff at the stadium.

According to University Hospitals, he was then brought to UH Ahuja Medical Center on Friday and released Saturday morning.

They said he was brought by EMS to UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital on Sunday evening, where he passed away.

University Hospitals said in a statement:

"We express our deepest sympathy to Andre’s family.  We are conducting a full review of his care and will be meeting with his family.  Due to patient privacy we cannot comment further at this time."

"I want people to know that this community just lost such a special boy and he's irreplaceable. There will never be a smile like Andre Jackson's; there never will be one," Rotsky said.

Counselors will be at the school throughout the week to provide support for students and staff members.

Euclid Schools said Friday night's homecoming game will be played as scheduled at 7 p.m. Before the game, there will be a moment of silence and a balloon release to honor Andre.