He planned to play col­lege foot­ball, but SC stand­out died in surgery

The State - - Stay Connected - BY TEDDY KULMALA tkul­[email protected]­tate.com

A high school foot­ball stand­out in South Carolina died dur­ing surgery to re­pair a leg in­jury, ac­cord­ing to the school dis­trict and me­dia re­ports.

Nick Dixon, a se­nior at Spartanburg High School, died Fri­day af­ter­noon dur­ing a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure, ac­cord­ing to a post Satur­day night on the Spartanburg School Dis­trict 7 Face­book page. He suf­fered com­pli­ca­tions while doc­tors re­paired a torn ACL and menis­cus, a fam­ily friend told WSPA.

“He ex­celled on the turf and off, con­tribut­ing to the team and to his com­mu­nity,” the state­ment on the dis­trict’s Face­book page reads. “... Any­one who knows Nick de­scribes him as ev­ery­one’s best friend. A tal­ented and highly re­spected stu­den­tath­lete.”

Dixon played line­backer, de­fen­sive line and run­ning back, and played in the NC-SC Shrine Bowl last month. He had of­fers to play at the col­le­giate level from Ge­or­gia State Uni­ver­sity, North Greenville Uni­ver­sity and The Ci­tadel, ac­cord­ing to 247Sports.

“He could go any­where he wanted to as far as school,” Spartanburg coach Chris Miller said, ac­cord­ing to The Spartanburg Her­ald-Jour­nal. “He was very in­tel­li­gent. He was a smart young man. And on the field, when Nick wanted to play, he flipped that switch and no­body could stop him. There was proof of that at the Shrine Bowl. He was go­ing toe-to-toe with the big guys un­til he got his knee hurt, and he even tried to go a cou­ple plays af­ter that.”

Dixon’s fi­nal post on Twit­ter was a video clip on Dec. 30 from the Shrine Bowl, in which a com­men­ta­tor is heard talk­ing about the col­leges in­ter­ested in Dixon while the cam­era fol­lows him on the field dur­ing the game. With it, Dixon posted three words: “Not done yet.”

Spartanburg County Coro­ner Rusty Cle­venger said an au­topsy will de­ter­mine what killed the 18year-old, the Her­ald-Jour­nal re­ported.

A GoFundMe ac­count to help cover burial ex­penses has been set up and has raised more than $11,000 to­ward its $15,000 goal as of Sun­day morn­ing.

Spartanburg School Dis­trict 7/Face­book

Nick Dixon, a Spartanburg High School se­nior with plans to play col­le­giate foot­ball, died dur­ing surgery to re­pair a leg in­jury.

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