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A Freshman CFB Player Died After His First Day Of Practice

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A tragedy has struck the junior college football ranks. A freshman football player died after his first career practice.

Braeden Bradforth, 19, a native of Neptune, N.J. and freshman defensive tackle at Garden City Community College in Kansas, died after his team's first practice on Wednesday.

Bradforth was found "medically distressed" in his dorm room Wednesday night, according to the Garden City Telegram. His teammate who found him informed a coach, who contacted GCCC head coach Jeff Sims.

The teammate alerted a coach, who contacted Sims, who then asked a certified team trainer to help Bradforth. Shortly afterward, the trainer called an ambulance, Sims said.

Bradforth was transported to St. Catherine Hospital and was pronounced dead around 11:30 p.m., Sims said. He said the student’s parents had been notified.

The cause of Bradforth's death has not been released. However, Sims told Sports Illustrated it was likely the result of a blood clot entering his heart.

"Braeden will be missed not only by his family but by everyone whose life he touched," the family said on a GoFundMe page for funeral-related expenses. "He always took great pride in his family, friends, and community, always looking for ways to help others."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the GCCC program and Bradforth's family and friends.

Rest in peace, Braeden.