Northwest Florida High School Football Player Dies After Game

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Panhandle high school football player has died after he collided with two other players during a game.

Taylor Haugen, a sophomore wide receiver for Niceville High School, first jogged off the field but then began to wobble at the sidelines after Friday night's collision.

Coach John Hicks said the boy was pronounced dead at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Saturday morning.

Hicks said Taylor will be remembered as a student who always had a smile on his face and had a positive attitude.

Niceville High School and Okaloosa County Schools are providing support and grief counseling for players, students and staff.


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  • by Judi Location: wiregrass on Aug 31, 2008 at 08:13 PM
    I know we all love football, but is it worth the life of even ONE young person? No, of course it is not. Why can't there be more standards in place, checks and balances to protect the lives of our young athletes? Better health screening, limiting practice times when the heat and humidity are high. If we can fully realize the value of this ONE life LOST, then surely we can take whatever measures necessary to prevent this tradgedy from happening again. My sympathies to the family and friends of this young man.
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