Correction to This Article
This article misspelled the name of a Bowie High School football player who collapsed and died while participating in an offseason workout. The correct spelling is Jonathan Nolon, not Nolan.

Bowie High School football player Jonathan Nolan collapses, dies during workout

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By Josh Barr and Martin Weil
Friday, February 19, 2010

A Bowie High football player collapsed and died Thursday after school during an offseason workout.

The player was identified by a teammate and a former coach as Jonathan Nolan, a junior wide receiver and tight end who played on the Bulldogs' varsity team the past two seasons. He was 16.

Bowie police said that Nolan -- whose identity they did not release -- collapsed after running about three laps around the basketball court. The police said CPR was initiated and an attempt to revive him was made using a defibrillator.

According to the police, county rescue personnel went to the school and took Nolan to Bowie Health Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:54 p.m. after unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him.

Bowie football Coach Lionel Macklin could not be reached for comment.

Bowie Athletic Director Bob Estes referred all questions to a Prince George's school system spokeswoman, who later declined to comment until officials "learn all of the facts."

Those who worked and played with Nolan remembered a player who strived to improve on the field.

"A great kid, he was working out, trying to better himself," said Jae Jackson, who was Bowie's football coach from 2005 to 2007 and continues to work at the school as a crisis intervention resource teacher. He talked to Nolan in the hall at school earlier Thursday. "He had good size and wanted to try to go further with football. One of those kids you never heard anyone having a problem with. It's real shocking."

Nolan, listed at 6 feet 4 and 190 pounds, was a reserve this past season, but had begun to emerge as a potential starter next fall. According to former teammate Travis Thomas, a senior who will graduate this June, Nolan was expected to play a much larger role.

"We're all taking it hard; this is not somebody new, he had been in our football family three years now," said Thomas, who, as a graduating senior, did not participate in Thursday's workout but arrived at the gym shortly after Nolan was rushed away. "He was starting to come into his own. He was getting a feel for the game."

The Bowie boys' and girls' basketball teams postponed their games Thursday night.


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