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Eagle football players honor fallen teammate

Published 9:54pm Thursday, May 22, 2014

While he wasn’t there to receive it, the Goshen football team insisted on Sammy Jackson getting his letter certificate Thursday afternoon.

Jackson was killed in November just hours after playing his final football game for Goshen, a playoff loss to Sweet Water.

Goshen head coach Bart Snyder said presenting the certificate, and highlight film, to Jackson’s mother was “one of the toughest things I have ever had to do as a coach.”

“Sammy wasn’t a five-star athlete,” Snyder said. “But there is no doubt that he was as good a person that I have ever been around. If we gave awards for being just a great human being, he would have won the Heisman Trophy.”

After announcing Jackson’s name, Snyder walked around the table to give Jackson’s mother the certificate. After receiving the certificate, she reached up and pulled Snyder in for a long, deep hug.

The students and fans in attendance rose to give Jackson a prolonged standing ovation.

“As a coach, you never you want to lose a player,” said Snyder. “We selfishly want Sammy to be here with us today, but I know that he has already received the ultimate award. We love him and miss him ever single day. But we also know that Sammy Jackson will always be a Goshen Eagle.”

  • dra15

    As Sammy’s mother I know it was hard for Coach Snyder to present this award to me!He is a wonderful coach.For him to say such touching words about Sammy wow the Heisman Trophy!My son death was tragedy one and he touched the lives of so many.I really appreciate the VHS faculty,The community,Family friends His Senior Classmate cause they have not lost the Faith since this happened.To the football players mainly the Seniors they have been supported of me and my kids since then.To my church family Old MT old Zion for their support.Coach Synder what can I say words aren’t enough Thank u!But 1 person I cant forget is my God because he is the strength that holds my family together each and everyday Ithaca Prayer!Thank u Coach Synder and everything u do!from Carolyn Denice Jackson mother of Sammy DeMondra Jackson

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  • dra15

    CORRE ON SOME OF THE WORDING : GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY AND EVERYDAY I CALL THAT PRAYER. FROM THE OF SAMMY DEMONDRA JACKSON

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