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Eagle's View Academy football player collapses during game

Player's father says son suffers from asthma

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.

An Eagle's View Academy football player collapsed Friday night during a game against the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.

News4Jax was told the player struggled to get up after one play, then collapsed during the following one.

Episcopal had an athletic trainer on the sideline who helped the player. The student was given an oxygen mask and then taken to the locker room on a stretcher.

News4Jax spoke with Eagle's View Academy's head coach, Frank Andrea, who said the student was taken to an area hospital with a combination of heat exhaustion and asthma and was released shortly after. 

The player’s father told New4Jax that his son suffers from asthma and was looking for his inhaler after collapsing.

The player is a senior who is 6 feet tall and weighs 370 pounds. 

An ambulance was already at the stadium, but Episcopal medical staff asked for another ambulance with special breathing treatment to transport the player. 

Andrea said the player will undergo tests this week and expects the player to be cleared to play. 

The incident comes on the heels of the death of a Flemming High School football player.

Doctors said 16-year-old Ben Johnson suffered cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage after collapsing during a training class. He died two days later.