A promising young high school football star passed away this week after complications from a routine surgery.
On Wednesday, family members reveled that Robbie Roper, a highly-touted quarterback at Roswell High School in Georgia, had died.
Hey everyone, here is the update on Robbie. pic.twitter.com/oZuzCT7czf
— Robbie Roper 6’4 215lb Dual Threat QB / GPA 3.9 (@robbieroper2022) December 22, 2021
“He was our biggest joy to our family,” the family posted on Twitter. “We are proud of the young man he has become. He will be missed by his friends and family dearly.”
According to Todd Holcomb of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an issue seemingly first publicly arose late Tuesday night. At that point Robbie’s sister, Brenna, “posted late Tuesday that her brother was still fighting for his life.”
In a conversation with WSB-TV, Roswell High School’s head football coach Chris Prewett revealed that Robbie had gone to “a Florida hospital for routine surgery but died from complications afterwards.”
The procedure itself appeared successful at first, but things later took a turn.
“He had a successful surgery,” Prewett said. “He was doing well. And I think his health turned for the worse.”
The details of the procedure and subsequent complications remain unconfirmed at this point.
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Robbie passed for 3,010 yards and 37 scores while leading his school to a 10-3 finish this year. Along the way, he received multiple college scholarship offers and got selected by his region’s coaches as the Region 5-7A offensive player of the year.
This has been a tragic year for the sport of football. Between the death of notable players, insane legal controversies and troubling health woes – it has been one issue after another. This most recent incident just adds additional misfortune to an already rough 2021.