High School Football Too Dangerous? Three Players Died in the Last Week

A player for a New York high school football team is the third teen to die on the football field in just the last week.

16-year-old Tom Cutinella, a guard/linebacker for Shoreham-Wading River High School’s football team, died of a head injury after a collision with another player in a game on Wednesday, October 1.

After the collision in the third quarter, the game was halted as emergency personnel came to Cutinella’s aid.

“It was a big hit,” Shoreham coach Matt Millheiser said as the player was whisked away to a local hospital only to die hours later.

Cutinella, a football player since ninth grade, is mourned by his family and many in his school.

“He had a great sense of humor and was just a great individual overall. He was well-liked among students and staff and he will truly be missed,” Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen said upon the player’s passing.

Cutinella isn’t the only high school player to die on the field in the last week.