This story hits particularly close to home, given that I have inexplicably suffered cardiac arrest (and now have a pacemaker as backup). We will keep the O'Neal family in our prayers. COLUMBIA, Mo. A Missouri football player died today after collapsing during a voluntary workout with teammates, according to a hospital official. University Hospital spokeswoman Mary Jenkins confirmed the death of 19-year-old linebacker Aaron O'Neal, a redshirt freshman from suburban St. Louis. The cause of death wasn't immediately available.
O'Neal was listed third on the Tigers' depth chart at middle linebacker. His high school coach says O'Neal showed no signs of a serious medical problem in high school.