Colts to honor LaPorte football player who died

2013-10-03T17:47:00Z 2013-10-04T23:36:09Z Colts to honor LaPorte football player who diedStan Maddux Times Corresponent nwitimes.com
October 03, 2013 5:47 pm  • 

LAPORTE | The Indianapolis Colts will honor the LaPorte High School football player who collapsed during practice and later died.

The family of Jake West will take to the field during halftime of the Colts game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Dan Bigg, a LaPorte resident who is a liaison with the Colts, said the family will be presented with a Colts jersey with Jake's No. 26 that he wore for the Slicers on the back of the Colts shirt.

A picture of Jake along with a 45-second video narrative about Jake's life also will be played on the stadium's Jumbotron.

"It's going to be a beautiful ceremony," said Bigg.

The 17-year-old West, a linebacker on the squad, died Sept. 25 from arrhyphmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

The genetic heart condition is a thinning of the right ventricle wall where the area thinned turns to fat, leaving the heart unable to pump blood resulting in sudden cardiac arrest.

Bigg said the day after his death he contacted the Colts organization who got back with him on Monday and worked out the plans for the ceremony.

"Jake's passing has gone far past this community. It's actually throughout the NFL as the Colts told me yesterday," said Bigg.

He said plans are also being made for Jake's Slicers teammates to be taken to the game on buses.

"That is in the works so his teammates will get to go to see all of that," said Bigg.

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