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January 1, High School Football Players Hospitalized After Being Forced to Do 400 Push-Ups



A school district has hired an “independent third party” to investigate an incident wherein several high school football players were hospitalized after a workout at Rockwall Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas.

Coach John Harrell has been placed on administrative leave over accusations that he forced players to do between 300 and 400 push-ups in an hour.

One of the students mother’s, who did not want to be identified, said the players were tasked with 300 push-ups in an hour with no break or water.

“As a parent we send our kids to school trusting that they will be cared for at the highest level. That has been the case until this unfortunate event,” she told Fox 4.

She said her son was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis – the breakdown of muscle tissue that can release damaging proteins into the bloodstream, which can cause kidney damage or failure.

But Brady Luff, a junior captain on the Rockwall Heath football team, said he believes the coach was instilling discipline rather than punishing the players.

Luff, who says he was at the workout, said that water was available and students were free to leave at any time.

“He’s treated us with nothing but respect and he loves every single one of us like his own,” Luff said.

His mother also defended the coach, saying she “would have been the first person up at the principal’s office” if she thought anything was amiss.

Harrell was promoted to head coach in January 2022. He has been with the school since 2019.

Source: Fox 4



  1. anarchyst

    January 15, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    Not surprising for Texas.
    Here is a story that proves that the glorification of team sports overrules true justice.
    In Texas, football is looked upon as being next to God, country, mom and apple pie. Many Texas public high schools have sports facilities that rival college and professional facilities.
    A number of years ago football “jocks” from an Amarillo Texas high school torment and eventually murdered a “goth” kid. This youth was harassed without end (for being “different”), while school officials turned a blind eye to what was going on. These jocks (football heroes?) ended up murdering this youth by running him over with a car. The “goth” kid was from “the poor side of the tracks” while the jocks were all relatively wealthy (spoiled POSs).
    When the case came to trial, the jocks were acquitted. You see, the “big football championship” was scheduled for the following week, and the jurors felt that their players would be needed on the field, rather than incarcerated (where they really belonged).
    The good side of this story is that the ringleader of the jocks was eventually prosecuted for other crimes, committed a few years after the murder.
    So much for sports “teamwork” building values…
    Texas should be ashamed of itself for promoting a sport to the extreme. It’s just a game…

  2. Mike

    January 16, 2023 at 12:30 am

    Something went on to cause those players to be hospitalized. They need to find out what causes at to prevent it from happening again.

  3. Rabbit

    January 16, 2023 at 7:20 am

    Sorry you thought they were going to get a participation trophy Doesn’t sound like it was anything to do with the coach but PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS take your son out of the tough sport and reevaluate what he does from this point on the sport is not for everyone.

    • Bill

      January 16, 2023 at 9:59 am

      Maybe the dumbest comment ever made.

  4. james hunt

    January 16, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Would be curious as to what the Hospital found. Sound like “IF” they were able to quit at anytime and there is water available that there is nothing here!!

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