Ex-Giant Landeta on Evan Murray’s death: Teen athletes need to be aware of injuries
Former NFL punter Sean Landeta was a guest on the Steve Trevelise show Wednesday night when the topic of football injuries came up — part of a discussion about Warren Hills Regional High School football player Evan Murray.
The 17-year-old quarterback died as a result of massive bleeding from a lacerated spleen suffered during a game last Friday.
Landeta, who played 22 seasons in the NFL, said that as a high school player he didn't listen to the doctors' orders to stay away from playing when he was hurt.
Going to the doctor when I was younger and him telling me your spleen is swollen, I don't want you to play and I'm thinking " I don't feel anything. I can play."
Listen to his comments above.
Teammates and friends said Murray took several hits throughout the game against Summit. He was holding his side after one hit, a teammate said. And after another, he needed the assistance of teammates to get back up.
Evan Murray was laid to rest today during a private funeral at Faith Discovery Church in Washington Township. The team will be playing its next game Saturday, Oct. 3 against Voorhees High School.