Mesa Coach Remembers Lost Player

By: KKCO Sports Email
By: KKCO Sports Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - On Monday Mesa State football coach Joe Ramunno spoke with 11-Sports about the painful death of one of his players.

Over the weekend redshirt sophomore Jonny Maxfield was in a one-car accident in his home state of Wyoming. He was transported to a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Sunday Maxfield's family made the painful decision to turn off life support and allow his organ's to be given to needy recipients.

At the Mesa State practice facility, Ramunno talked about the tremendous loss, which extends far beyond the football field. He cited Maxfield's outgoing personality and his involvement in student government. Ramunno called Maxfield's death a huge loss to the entire Mesa State family.

One of Maxfield's closest friends on the team, receiver Joseph Steege, will pay tribute by switching from No. 88 to Maxfield's No. 30 this season. Many of the Mavericks football team plan to attend funeral services in Wyoming.


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  • by Colleen N. Davis Location: arcadia,ca. on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    May god be with you and your team!!
  • by me Location: evanston on Jul 15, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    we love you & miss you jonny!!!
  • by Carley Location: Windsor, CO on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    Johnny was a great student, he had hopes and dreams of becoming a Lawyer one day and he would have made a great one. He was my study parterner for many classes, the whole Criminal justice department is in total loss of a great student and amazing friend. I miss hime dearly.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    Jonny was such an amazing person. Everytime I saw him he always had a smile on his face, said hi to everyone and was one of the nicest people I had ever met. He will truly be missed.
  • by Megan Location: Peterson on Jul 13, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    I served on the Wyoming FCCLA state officer team with Jonny in 2006-2007... He will be forever missed! Jonny was so outgoing and always had a smile on his face. Words can't explain the pain we all feel from this tragedy! God Bless Jonny <><
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