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Semi-pro football player dies in game at Springfield HS

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We're learning new information about the football player who died on the field at Springfield High School Saturday. 32-year-old David Coleman Jr. was from Napoleon.

The linebacker and defensive lineman died after he was hit on the field. People in Coleman's hometown are shocked by how he died, and they're remembering Coleman as a devoted dad.

Coleman was playing in a charity game at Springfield Saturday afternoon. He plays for a semi-pro team called the Jay County Panthers, a team from Indiana.

The 235-pound Napoleon man was hit while trying to tackle a player on the Northwest Ohio Knights during a punt return.

Emergency crews on the field tried CPR to no avail, and he was later pronounced dead at Saint Luke's Hospital.

"He was a very good father, very good to his kids, very thoughtful, very hard worker" says friend Jeff Nadeau. "It's a real shame what happened to him happened."

The Lucas County coroner has scheduled Coleman's autopsy for Monday.

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