Beneath the stadium lights and in between the goal posts lies Hornet field, empty.
“He was just a really unique person, and a really outstanding young man,” says Sacramento State Football Coach Marshall Sperbeck.
The Sac State football team awaits another week of practice. This time, with one less player, John Bloomfield — team captain, 2-year-starter and defensive end.
“He just brought so much energy and passion to the game of football and he brought that same passion to life every day,” says Sperbeck.
The 22-year-old was in a coma until his mother took him off life support. He’s been at Mercy Hospital since September treating a lung that collapsed during a game versus New Mexico State.
“I just wish John was still here,” says Sperbeck.
The team came to Hornet Stadium this afternoon for a private meeting to pay respect for their captain.
Garrett Safron, the Sac State quarterback tweeted, “Rest in paradise JB! Lost such a great individual. Now one of my guardian angels watching above! You will never be forgotten.. Never.”
“We’ll not only miss him as a football player but more importantly, we’ll miss him as a person.” says Sperbeck.
There is a memorial fund set up to support John Bloomfield’s family. Checks can be made out to The University Foundation at Sacramento State with the name “John Bloomfield” in the memo line. Funds do not go to the University. Money will be distributed to the Bloomfield family.