Army football player, Brandon Jackson, has died in a car accident hours after helping his team win its second straight game.
According to police and the U.S. Military Academy, Cadet Jackson, a 20-year-old sophomore, died in a single-car accident at around 1:50 a.m. Sunday north of New York City,
Police said Cadet Jackson was driving by himself when he hit a guardrail. The accident is under investigation.
Both the Academy and head coach Jeff Monken released statements Monday morning.
“Words cannot describe the grief that our team is feeling over the loss of our brother and friend, Brandon,” said Monken. “He was a beloved teammate and our hearts are with his family at this time of tragedy.” “We will honor his life as we mourn the untimely death of a young man who had a promising future as a leader in service to our nation.” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., West Point superintendent, in a statement via the Times Herald-Record. “Brandon internalized our watch words, Duty, Honor, Country.”
Brandon Jackson was a starting defensive back. He had two tackles and one assist in Army’s 31-14 win over Rice on Saturday.
“We will honor his life as we mourn the untimely death of a young man who had a promising future as a leader in service to our nation,” said West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. “Brandon internalized our watch words: duty, honor, country.”
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