Last Friday night, Sept. 13, Roane County community, West Virginia, mourned the loss of a football player who suddenly collapsed on the field during a game. To show support for the wide receiver’s family and his teammates, football players from around the state have been collecting donations and sharing their sympathies.
According to Roane County school officials, senior Alex Miller collapsed in between the first and second quarters in a game against Clay County High School, WCHS & WVAH TV reported.
Miller was given medical attention immediately at the scene and then taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Since then, players from Ritchie Middle and High School, St. Marys Middle and High School, Williamstown, Belpre, and Parkersburg South have lined the roads wearing their jerseys and holding signs to collect donations for the Miller’s family.
They ended up raising more than $7,600.
A candlelight vigil was also held Saturday night at Roane County High School. Hundreds turned out to honor Miller’s life.
Layne Epling, one of Miller’s best friends, spoke with WSAZ, saying he was a one-of-a-kind person on and off the field.
“He’s just a great guy,” said Epling. “He was very smart, very intelligent, very tough and hardworking. If there was work, he would do it, no doubt. He always cared about others, big heart. Very good Christian. Went to church every Sunday. He’s in a great place right now.”
On Tuesday, players across West Virginia are being asked to wear maroon and silver in honor of Miller and the Roane County Raiders, WSAZ reported.