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Robert Grays of Midwestern State football dies after injury during game

In this Aug. 31, 2017, photo provided by

In this Aug. 31, 2017, photo provided by Midwestern State University, cornerback Robert Grays gestures during a game against Quincy University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Credit: AP / Zeno Ferguson

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A 19-year-old Midwestern State football player has died after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle during a home game last weekend.

School President Suzanne Shipley on Wednesday released a statement mourning the death of cornerback Robert Grays of Houston. Shipley said Grays died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown. He was critically injured during a game Saturday in Wichita Falls.

Athletics department spokesman Blake Barington says Grays suffered a neck injury while making a tackle in the fourth quarter of a 35-13 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Grays was taken by ambulance to a Wichita Falls hospital, then transported to Houston.

Counselors were available at MSU, a Division II in the Lone Star Conference.

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