BleedingGreenNation – (On Chip Kelly at Navy practice) – The highlight of the visit came at the end when Kelly announced that he was making Will McKamey an honorary member of the Philadelphia Eagles. McKamey, a the freshman slotback, died on March 26, three days after collapsing during a Navy spring practice. Kelly presented Niumatalolo with a No. 41 Philadelphia Eagle jersey that had the name McKamey stenciled in bold letters on the back. The Tennessee native, who never came out of a coma after undergoing cranial surgery to relieve swelling and bleeding on the brain, wore No. 41 during during his short time as a member of the Navy football team. “It really means a lot that someone of Chip Kelly’s stature would take the time to come to Annapolis and honor Will in that way,” said Niumatalolo, adding that the jersey would be shipped to the Knoxville home of Randy and Kara McKamey. “That Coach Kelly wanted to do something special on behalf of Will, something to uplift his family, shows what a class act he is.”
Very sad hearing about Will McKamey collapsing unexpectedly during a Spring practice and passing soon after. Obviously an awful situation seeing any student athlete with their entire life ahead of them falling before their prime, especially someone who is willing to put their life on the line for this country. If there is any solace Chip Kelly gave to his family, friends, coaches and teammates with this gesture, then great. Anything to help the heart.
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