The St. Louis Battlehawks in the XFL league took the field on Sunday with hearts heavy as they had to deal sad and shocking news.
Ben Siegfried who is a former college football player was serving as an athletic trainer for the St. Louis BattleHawks and D.C. Defenders of the XFL, died Thursday, the league announced. He was only 22 years old.
“The XFL family mourns the loss of our teammate, Ben Siegfried, who passed away last evening,” the league said. “Ben, a graduate student athletic trainer from Lebanon Valley College working with the XFL Athletic Training Department, was an integral part of preparing our BattleHawks and Defenders for the season. His infectious smile in the locker room and passion for his work will be deeply missed by all the players and staff who had the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
The Rock had this to say:
So so sorry to hear this devastating news come in earlier today. Sending strength, love, light, and mana to the Siegfried family during this heartbreaking time.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 11, 2023
We are with you. Stay strong. #BenSiegfried 🕊️ ❤️#battlehawknation#xflfamily https://t.co/pYqRZbKAky
His cause of death is unknown.
He played ball at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania.
The three-sport athlete in school received a sportsmanship award in 2021 while at Lebanon Valley College. He had 17 tackles and a half-sack in 2021 for the school.