By MARIYA MURROW, IYANI HUGHES, SAVANNAH LOUIE
ROSWELL, Georgia (WGCL) – The Roswell High School community is mourning the gruesome death of senior quarterback Robbie Roper on Wednesday afternoon.
Roswell’s tight finish.
“Obviously everyone knows what he can do on the pitch, but once he gets into the building and starts telling people who don’t know how football works – they know Robbie,” Moore said.
Roswell head coach Chris Prewitt told CBS46 Roper was a “model citizen” with an exemplary personality on and off the pitch.
“Robbie did everything in life with a positive attitude and full of energy, which everyone who knew him will remember,” Prewitt said. “Robbie fought and fought until the last minute as if he had done everything in his life.”
Roper’s teammates agree that his attitude away from the football field has made him a true leader.
“He’s really someone everyone knows and admires in so many ways,” says Moore. “He cares about everyone else.”
Moore recalls a day when he and Roper read books to young children at school.
“He always had a good balance in life, whether it was fun, hard work or winning,” he said.
Robbie’s sister, Breanna Roper, acknowledged her brother’s impact shortly after his death.
“LIVE LIKE 5. Robbie was able to touch so many hearts. I can’t help but be proud of the person he’s become, and can only wish to be a teammate, leader and half as good as Robbie,” Roper wrote on Twitter.
On Wednesday, Roswell teammates and coach gathered to remember the young life lost too soon. The close group that recently lost a brother said they will organize their family a little more closely tonight.
“Football is one thing, but with people’s families and all that – it has had an impact. People tell each other that they love them for the first time in a while,” Moore said.
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