College football player Brexten Green died in a tragic cliff jump accident on the bank holiday weekend of July 4 at the age of 20. Green was playing wide receiver in Grand Lake, Oklahoma, when he was jumping off a cliff, according to an announcement from Division II Emporia State School.
The Great River Dam Authority received a distress signal around 6:30 p.m. Green’s body was recovered from more than 30 feet underwater on Saturday. “This is a bad day for Emporia State football and a devastating loss for the Greens,” Emporia State coach Garin Higgins said in a statement.
“Brexten is a great teammate who cares deeply about the football program. It shows in his competitive spirit, work ethic and willingness to serve his teammates. He will always be a part of our Hornets football family.” Green didn’t play for Emporia State last season, but he’s gearing up for a redshirt rookie season with the Hornets.
Before starting his college football career, Green was a star at Cassion High School in Oklahoma, winning the state championship in 2020. Green had 1,720 receiving yards, 409 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns in high school.
“Just a great athlete,” Cashion football coach Lynn Shackelford said of Green in Oklahoma. “He’s an all-state football player. He probably should be an all-state baseball player. But most importantly, this is just a great kid. Did everything you asked him to do. Huge work ethic.
“To be better than him, he worked his tail in the weight room. He’s already good, but his leap from junior to senior, it’s just incredible. He’s motivated only because we didn’t make it at 19. …he wouldn’t let that happen in his senior year.”
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