Indoor football player dies after head-to-head hit

Updated: February 27, 2007, 12:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

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.