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Central Catholic’s Kyle Wilson Dies at 17

Written by: on Thursday, October 30th, 2008


Vince Lombardi once said, “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” At 11:45 Tuesday night all of Western PA was shocked to hear the news that Pittsburgh Central Catholic junior running back Kyle Wilson had died at the age of 17.

Head coach Terry Totten and the rest of his Central Catholic football team will be going over game tape today for their game Friday night, in the first round of the WPIAL Playoff’s.  It will be a more meaningful look over of past games, knowing that they will be with out one of their star running backs #23.

Wilson had an apparent stroke a week ago today at the FSN Game of the Week, McKeesport @ Gateway, which he attended as a fan. He was taken to the Hospital, and then released. He got sick the following morning where he was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital. I was told by a friend of Kyle’s that he asked the doctors if he was going to be able to play Friday night, a statement none of his friends would be shocked to hear.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said an artery in Kyle’s brain ruptured and he had a stroke. He was declared brain dead on Sunday but continued on life support for a time, according to the medical examiner’s office, which did not do an autopsy.

Knowing Kyle personally, makes this a different then most article. After just talking to him in week 4 when he promised me an upset win in our game of the week in which Central beat Upper St. Clair 10-9 with the help of Wilson. I can say this, Kyle was true person, very up beat, and no matter who you were he would always talk to you. It is amazing to know a kid 5 feet 6 inches tall that had so much heart.

When Kyle or back then as we called him “peanut” and I played midget football together, he always said I end up being a part of the media. Yes, not only was he a great football player and a friend, he could predict my future, which I am sure he wouldn’t be bragging about.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions; however one thing is for sure. Central Catholic will be playing with a lot of emotion and honor tomorrow night in Fox Chapel when they take on Penn Trafford (4-5).

There will be a service for Kyle on Sunday in Coraopolis where the Wilson family lives, with the funeral on Monday.

“I wish there was a playbook for life Matt,” Terry Totten said, ending his comments to me. “I really do.”

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One Response to “Central Catholic’s Kyle Wilson Dies at 17”

  1. Jeff says:

    Very nicely written. I think the Wilson family would be very proud.