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Wayne State College honors the memory of football player


WAYNE, Neb. - Students and staff at Wayne State College gathered to remember football player Eddie Key the third Wednesday night.

The Wildcat football team, along with other athletes and students, stood together on the paw-painted mid-field at Memorial Stadium.

Officials say the 18 year-old Key died of pulmonary edema back on February 8th in his dorm room.

Coaches and teammates remembered Key as a "monster" on the field as a defensive lineman.

But, in person, they say Key was a "big teddy bear" or "gentle giant."

"Just a constant smile on his face, very good listener, and really just wanted to get to know you, it was his best trait, great friend to everybody we had on the team," said John McMenamin, Football Offensive Coordinator.

"He was a brother in many ways, not just to the football team, but to his family. He's going to be missed, but he's going to be forever loved," said Abram Walker, teammate.

The group stood at mid-field to release 75 black and gold balloons in honor of Key's football number.

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