Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Sacramento State football player John
Bloomfield died Sunday morning after spending nearly a month in a coma.
The 22-year-old senior defensive end from East Palo Alto, Calif., was treated
for a deteriorating lung on Sept. 19 at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento after it
had collapsed following Sac State's season opener against New Mexico State on
Aug. 30. He had three surgeries before lapsing into the coma.
"My thoughts and prayers are with John's family," Sacramento State coach
Marshall Sperbeck said in a university release. "Our football team is saddened
by the loss of one of our leaders. John was an outstanding person, player and
teammate who will leave a lasting impression on all of us."
According to the Sacramento Bee, Bloomfield was known by his teammates,
coaches, family and friends as being energetic, hard working and determined. He
was the first member of his family to attend college and was on track to
graduate with a degree in ethnic studies. He was a student at nearby Sierra
College before enrolling at Sacramento State in 2011.
"We have lost a member of our family," Sacramento State athletic director
Terry Wanless. "John was a young man who brightened the lives of all those he
touched. He was a great example of someone who took on the challenges of life
and found a way to make it better."
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