University at Buffalo: Football Player Solomon Jackson Dies 1 Week After Medical Emergency, School Says

March 1, 2016 Updated: March 1, 2016

University at Buffalo football player Solomon Jackson died Monday night due to complications from a medical emergency during an on-campus conditioning drill that landed him in the hospital last week.

The university released the information Monday night. Jackson, 20, was a defensive end and linebacker who had 13 tackles this past season—including three for loss—while registering a pair of sacks as a red-shirt sophomore. The previous year he played sparingly, totaling one tackle.

Said Athletics Director Allen Greene in the release, “It is with deep sadness that I write to share that we have lost one of our own, UB football player Solomon Jackson, who passed away last night. Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Solomon’s family as together we mourn his tragic and untimely death.

“President Tripathi and I visited Solomon and his family early last week at the hospital, and from our visit it was clear Solomon was a young man of great character and integrity.  He held these values at a very early age and brought them to all he undertook.

“As Solomon’s family prepares to make memorial and funeral arrangements, we will share more information as it becomes available.  In the meantime, I know I am joined by Coach Leipold, the football staff and the entire Athletics family in expressing my deepest personal sympathies to Solomon’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

Buffalo’s school newspaper, The Spectrum, originally reported on Jackson’s condition back on Feb. 22. Medical personnel at the hospital told The Spectrum that day that Jackson was in critical condition.

The 6-foot-2-inch 250-pound Jackson was from Stone Mountain, Georgia and had signed with Buffalo out of high school in February of 2013.