Tampa, Florida-- A Wharton High School varsity football player is in a medically induced coma after falling onto a paint machine left on the school's practice field. His family has hired an attorney to investigate how the accident happened.
Sean McNamee, 16, jumped up to catch a ball on Wednesday before football practice drills started and he fell down and hit his head on the machine.
"He fell from the peak of his jump all the way down onto the corner of the paint machine," teammate Delvin O'Donovan said.
O'Donovan, one of the team's senior offensive lineman, watched Sean fall.
"They both went up to catch the ball and I guess Sean just landed wrong. Everyone rushed over because it looked like he hit his head hard. Then he stood up and he was like 'ooh, oh, what happened who hit me?'- he seemed pretty out of it."
O'Donovan said Coach David Mitchell sent McNamee over to the athletic trainer and the trainer called McNamee's parents to pick him up. However, Hillsborough Schools confirms that McNamee drove himself home. Then his father took him to the hospital, where Sean has been since in a medically induced coma.
Steve Yerrid is the family's attorney. He is with the Yerrid Law firm and he gave 10 News this statement:
"Right now the most important priority is Sean's recovery. Again we want to express the family's appreciation and our commitment to find out exactly what happened, why, and to do our best to see that it does not happen to other young high school athletes or their families."
O'Donovan and his teammate, Tyler Owens went to visit McNamee on Saturday afternoon.
"I am going to tell him that I love him, and I miss him, and I want him to come back," said O'Donovan. "We need you man."
O'Donovan said the team consider themselves a family, and are showing support for McNamee as such. He explained just how close they are even after games.
"We always huddle up and say 'OTF', which means, 'Only for The Family'," said O'Donovan.