The University of Ottawa lost one of its players in September after Francis Perron died shortly after the team's season opener in Toronto. Perron joined the Gee-Gees in 2017 and he was a member of the team until his sudden death.
Ottawa university president Jacques Fremont didn't reveal the cause of death. "A bright, passionate, and caring person, Francis poured himself into his craft as a player and his academic pursuit of becoming an engineer.
In the classroom, he was as big of a star as on the field," Fremont wrote. "Our hearts are broken," head coach Marcel Bellefeuille wrote in a tweet. "We've lost an outstanding person, teammate, player and veteran leader that made us better in every way possible,"
The Fremont death wasn't the only in the football world
In July a 15-year-old high school football player died after collapsing in practice.
At first it was thought that Joshua Ivory Jr. died from heat-related illness but the cause was an abnormal heart rhythm. “It’s good to get the results back, but this is still a sad day because a family has lost a loved one,” Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Joshua Ivory”. In 2010, the NFL was shocked after Chicago Bears' Gaines Adams died following a cardiac arrest. Adams was a former No. 4 pick and one of the most promising defensive ends from his generation.
"In football, you need that," Adams said in early August of 2009. "Players tend to get in their own element and do things that they want to do. They need to be called out sometimes. He's the coach. Whatever he says, goes.
"I take it as a challenge. Being drafted fourth overall, that comes with the territory. It's year three for me. Obviously it's time for me to step up." Adams played for the Tampa Bay Buccaners for two years before joining the Bears.
"I still don't want to believe that it is true," Bucs defensive tackle Chris Hovan said in the statement. "I am deeply saddened that we have lost someone who I considered a friend for life. When he came to Tampa, I took Gaines under my wing; I considered him my little brother, and that's how I will always remember him. This is all so unreal, and it hasn't really hit me yet."