A fellow Washburn student passed away Friday after getting in a single-car accident. His name was Jermon Watson and he was a linebacker on the Washburn football team. This is the second Washburn football player in three years to die from a car accident, and the Washburn community is an incredibly close group of people. It's never easy.
So, rather than talking about hunting or fishing or storm chasing, I'd like to take a minute to ask you to pray for Jermon and his family. Whatever your faith, please have them in your thoughts and prayers. Here is the official press release from Washburn Sports Information Director Gene Cassell, which was posted on WUSports.com.
Washburn Ichabod football player passes away
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Redshirt freshman-to-be Jermon Watson passed away on Saturday after injuries sustained from a single-car accident Friday afternoon.
Watson, a defensive end/linebacker, from St. Louis, Mo., played his prep ball at Rockwood Summit High School.
"We are very sad with the news," head coach Craig Schurig said. "Jermon always had a big smile and such a great attitude. He was so strong mentally and physically. We saw him being an outstanding young player who did great in the classroom. He was a great player to be around and was here this summer working out and getting close with the team. He always had a big smile on his face."
Schurig, who was at the hospital on Saturday said Watson was a registered organ donor.
"The doctors were able to harvest his organs and he's probably going to help probably six to eight people and whoever gets them will have some strong organs," Schurig said.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted when information is finalized.