EWU player’s father hospitalized during FCS playoff game
The quarterfinal matchup was delayed for several minutes while medical personnel attended.
A man at the FCS quarterfinal matchup between Eastern Washington and Illinois State required emergency medical attention after he went into cardiac arrest, according to the ESPN broadcast, and had to be treated by medical staff. Medical personnel performed CPR, according to Jim Allen of the Spokesman Review. Police confirmed the man was the father of Eastern Washington offensive lineman Jake Rodgers.
Cheney police confirm Jake Rodgers dad was the one in stands. Jake is a lineman at EWU and is from Spokane, Shadle Park high school.
— Sam Adams (@SWXSamAdams) December 14, 2014
An ambulance was driven onto the track behind the sideline. Players took knees on the sidelines, with the Eagles huddling up in a prayer.
EWU team surrounding teammate to pray with him. No other details pic.twitter.com/Ff3F6ZXD1U
— Sunny Cadwallader (@CadChica) December 14, 2014
The situation occurred late in the fourth quarter. The game was delayed for several minutes while the man was loaded into an ambulance. The teams eventually returned to the field and played out the final 1:40.