Athletic Trainer and Former College Football Player Dies at 22 – Look Where They Found Him

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A former college football player and current XFL athletic trainer died Thursday night, the league announced.

St. Louis BattleHawks and D.C. Defenders trainer Ben Siegfried was found in the hotel gym days before the BattleHawks’ Sunday game against the Arlington Renegades, KTVI reported.

No cause of death has been announced.

The BattleHawks shared a joint statement with the Defenders and the XFL on Twitter.

“The XFL family mourns the loss of our teammate, Ben Siegfried, who passed away last evening,” the statement said. “Ben, a graduate student athletic trainer from Lebanon Valley College working with the XFL Athletic Training Department, was an integral part of preparing our BattleHawks and Defenders for the season.”

The statement concluded, “His infectious smile in the locker room and passion for his work will be deeply missed by all the players and staff who had the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

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