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Indoor football player dies after head-to-head hit

2/27/2007


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A player for the Daytona Thunder of the World Indoor Football League died Monday night after a helmet-to-helmet collision with an opposing player.

"This is merely a play on the field. It's strictly an accidental death."
-- Daytona Beach Police Lt. Greg Grayson

Javan Camon, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defender for the Daytona
Beach Thunder of the World Indoor Football League, tried to tackle
the ball carrier in the fourth quarter Monday night. A Columbus
Lions receiver blocked Camon on the play, sending him to the turf.

He went into cardiac arrest, Daytona Beach police said.
Paramedics and doctors at the arena tried to revive him on the
field for 10 minutes before taking him to a hospital. He was
pronounced dead on arrival Monday night, ambulance spokesman Mark
O'Keefe said.

Thunder spokesman Dan Ryan said the team and the league planned
a joint news conference later Tuesday.

"When he hit the ground, he was not moving at all. He was lying there too long before anything happened. I don't think they could revive him at the time," said his teammate, Kijafa Crumble, according to WFTV-TV's Web site.

Daytona Beach Police Lt. Greg Grayson told the Orlando Sentinel that Camon was not bleeding or showing other outward signs of trauma. "This is merely a play on the field. It's strictly an accidental death," he said.

More than 1,440 spectators watched Monday's game. After a delay
of about 25 minutes, play resumed and the Lions defeated the
Thunder 45-42 despite Camon's two interceptions that set up
touchdowns.

The 25-year-old Camon was a four-year letterman at the University
of South Florida. He signed with Daytona Beach before the 2006
season. He played five games last season and had 20 tackles and one
interception.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.