The parents of the late New Jersey football player speak out

The grieving parents of the New Jersey high school football player, who died from an apparent head injury, have expressed regret at missing their son’s final game.

Xavier McClain, a 15-year-old sophomore and football standout at Linden High School, spent almost two weeks in a coma after being brutally shot in a second-half kick-off against Woodbridge on September 9. He succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.

“We’ve never missed a game, but we missed this one,” Xavier’s mother, Lisa McClain, told WABC on Friday.

Xavier McClain
The 15-year-old was brutally hit in a recoil during a game.
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“And I have to live with that. I wasn’t at that game. I have to live with that,” lamented the boy’s father, Norm McClain.

Norm McClain coached his son from the age of five and watched him grow into the promising young player he had become, according to WABC.

Xavier was one of a select few sophomores to earn start time on the school’s collegiate roster, even making its way into the varsity snaps as a freshman.

“I’m just going to try to get my wife back together and I just hope that doesn’t happen to any other kid playing ball,” the bereaved father said.

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Xavier McClain was a rising star for the Linden High School Tigers.
Xavier McClain
Xavier’s father has been training his son since he was five years old.
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Xavier’s mother said: “It’s not fair that I bury my son.”

“This boy was loved. He was in every sport, social, bright, gifted and talented. And I will never see him after high school,” she added. The parents of the late New Jersey football player speak out


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