The Washington Post

Arkansas football player Garrett Uekman dead at 19

The morning after celebrating a 44-7 victory over Mississippi State that vaulted them up the BCS rankings, the Arkansas football family found itself grieving a tragic loss.

Arkansas is mourning the sudden death of the freshman tight end Garrett Uekman. (Brian Chilson/AP)

“Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. “His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realize how precious life is.”

The cause of Uekman’s death had yet to be determined, although university police Lt. Mat Mills said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

In a statement released through the school, Uekman’s parents, Danny and Michelle, said their son was “living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks.”

Uekman’s sudden death is the latest tragedy to befall college sports in recent weeks. The Penn State football investigation surrounding alleged child sex abuser and former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is ongoing, and last Thursday Oklahoma State head women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna died in a plane crash near Little Rock, Arkansas.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
It's in the details: Five ways to enhance your kitchen makeover
Play Videos
Drawing as an act of defiance
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
Border collies: A 'mouse trap' for geese on the National Mall
Play Videos
Bao: The signature dish of San Francisco
This man's job is binge-watching for Netflix
What you need to know about Planned Parenthood
Play Videos
How to save and spend money at college
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
Europe's migrant crisis, explained