Jaleel Gipson,#33, died after a tragic injury suffered in a Spring tackle drill
A high school junior, Gipson was lined up as a running back on the play that left him injured. While carrying the ball, he was hit in a traditional shoulder-on-shoulder tackle. Instead of bouncing back up, Gipson couldn’t raise himself from the ground. An athletic trainer was on site and attended to Gipson immediately while the team awaited paramedics, who transported the back to a local hospital and then to LSU via helicopter.
While it initially appeared that Gipson might be able to regain motor functions –Farmerville Principal David Gray stated the injury that the school was holding out hope he would make a complete recovery — the teen’s condition deteriorated much in the days that followed, to the point that his family apparently began to realize on Sunday that he would not recover mental capabilities.
That’s when the Gipson family apparently decided to keep their son on life support long enough to prepare his body for organ donation. Once that process was complete on Monday, the Gipson family said its goodbyes and removed him from life support.