2010-09-23 / Local & State

Penn Pays Tribute To Fallen Teammate

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Penn honored a player who committed suicide this spring with a moment of silence before the coin toss of Saturday night’s game against Lafayette at Franklin Field.

Owen Thomas, who would have been a senior, killed himself in April, just two weeks after being named one of the Quakers’ captains.

This week, researchers at Boston University revealed that an autopsy on Thomas’ brain showed he had the early stages of a disease that has been connected to depression and impulse control issues in NFL players who have sustained concussions.

The Penn players marched onto the field, lined up, clasped hands, and stood behind the captains for the moment of silence and the coin toss. The silence lasted 40 seconds as a tribute to Thomas’ uniform number. The Penn players are all wearing “40’’ decals on their helmets this season.

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