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WARNER UNIVERSITY

Warner University’s Theodore “Boobie” Hammonds died after non-contact drills in practice on Tuesday.

By RUTH ANNE LAWSON

Staff Writer

A Warner University football player died Tuesday after collapsing during a non-contact practice in Lake Wales.

According to a Facebook post by the university, Polk County Emergency Services rushed to help Theodore “Boobie” Hammonds, 23, from Miami, who was a senior wide receiver.

He was taken to Lake Wales Medical Center, where he passed away. The cause of death is pending toxicology results.

Hammond was chosen to be a member of the NAIA all-star team and had dreams of playing for the NFL. He was known for always having a smile on his face and could light up a room.

The university is assembling a team to provide support for students. Faculty, teammates and students have joined together in prayer and will be holding a special service today at the campus chapel.

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