NAIA football player dies after collapsing in non-contact drill
Warner University (Lake Wales, FL) senior wide receiver Theodore “Boobie” Hammonds passed away on Tuesday following collapsing during a non-contact drill in practice.
The university issued the following press release on Wednesday:
On behalf of Warner University and our faculty, staff, coaches and trainers, we offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Theo’s family, friends and teammates in this difficult and uncertain time. We are devastated by his passing. We have made a Warner University Care Team available to provide compassion, support and counseling to members of our community. We know that our students, coaches and staff are in the hearts, prayers and minds of this community, and we thank you for your continued love and support.
As for what specifically led to Hammonds’ death, the university is still in the process of gathering information.
“The cause of Theo’s collapse and ultimate death are not currently known, and it would be inappropriate to speculate regarding the cause of death at this time.”
A private Christian, liberal arts school, Warner is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Defeating Kentucky Christian University, 63-35, on September 28, the Royals are scheduled to host Keiser University on Saturday at 1:30PM ET at Lakeland Christian High School (Lakeland, Florida).
The team’s second-leading receiver, Hammonds caught 26 passes for 361 yards (13.9 AVG) and three touchdowns in 2018.