Former Siegel High School football player Baylor Bramble died on Saturday after a five-plus year battle due to suffering a brain injury during a game at Warren County in 2015.
Bramble was making his first start for Siegel against Warren County and left the game saying his head was hurting.
He ended up being life-lighted to Vanderbilt and went through several rehabilitations at various facilities.
His head coach, Greg Wyant, who is now the athletic director at Siegel, said Bramble was an inspiration to others even before his injury.
"I know this ... it's just hard to talk about a kid like him," Wyant said. "He exemplified what it was to be a student-athlete. He worked his way into a starting role. He was looked highly upon by his peers and coaches, and he exemplified what it means to be a true servant of God -- both on the field and off the field. He was a great kid all around."
Wyant added that Bramble brought a community together during his struggles.
"What he did to our community and the whole Murfreesboro community and even across the state was show how he and his family handled it with such grace the last five and a half years. He's a shining example of how we should live our lives,” he said.
Bramble reportedly had a surgical procedure done on Dec. 30 and wasn't doing well leading up to his death.
"I've gotten calls from all over the state and country since his injury," Wyant said Saturday. "I've had people reach out to me tonight -- college coaches and high school coaches who have kept up with Baylor. So many people have followed the story and have been touched and inspired by Baylor and his family.
"I know his father is a pastor at Northside Baptist Church and their faith is unwavering. You could see that in Baylor before this happened. To watch his teammates rally around him and seeing his faith being brought to the forefront, and with so many people with their prayers and reaching out momentarily, it was just touching to see our community reach out to this family. I don't have the words in my vocabulary to express what happened during that time with him and his family."
Baylor's father, David, sent the following Tweet out: Not sure what to type. … After nearly 5 1/2 years of fighting, Baylor's fight is finished. He is with Jesus and hearing "Well done good and faithful servant." Our family is so thankful for all your prayers.
Murfreesboro Maylor Shane McFarland released the following statement on Facebook:
"I am saddened to hear of the death of Baylor Bramble. The Bramble family represents all that is right and and honorable in our City. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ... It's my honor to proclaim: January 2nd, 2021 Baylor Bramble day in the City of Murfreesboro TN. I urge all residents to celebrate the life of this young man. His fight, compassion and spirit will not be forgotten."