Foundation Mourns Loss of Student Athlete, Son of Former NFL Player
Each year, the Chris Draft Family Foundation works to increase the awareness of Asthma and engages various communities, school districts and adults in understanding Asthma and working with asthmatic students. Draft, a NFL linebacker with the Washington Redskins and an asthmatic, has battled Asthma since his days as a student athlete. Recently, former NFL player Ickey Woods’ son died due to complications with Asthma.
“People really don’t have an understanding of what it is like to live with Asthma, I want to change that through the efforts of our Asthma Team™,” said Draft. “My heart and prayers go out to Ickey Woods and his entire family after their recent loss. ”
Former Bengal's Son Dies After Asthma Attack
School Community Rallies Around Woods Family
SHARONVILLE, Ohio --Princeton High School officials said Elbert Jovante Woods, the son of a former Cincinnati Bengal, passed away after suffering an asthma attack.
Athletic Director Scott Kaufman said Woods died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The 16-year-old, who would have started as a cornerback this season, was practicing with his varsity football team Wednesday morning. He collapse later that day at home and was taken to a local hospital, school officials said.
Extreme heat and poor air quality likely worsened the teen's condition, doctors said. "We've actually had a lot of patients in the last week come in with exacerbation of asthma," said Dr. David Bernstein, a University of Cincinnati researcher. "We think it's probably related to air quality."
"He's a great student, and even besides being a great athlete, just an awesome,awesome kid," said former Bengal Joe Kelly.
His father, Ickey Woods, was a fullback for the Bengals from 1988 to 1991 before
injuries ended his career. He's now the head coach of the Cincinnati Sizzle, a women's football team.
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