MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News has been closely following the story of Mobile Police Officer Kenneth Ely.
On Saturday, September 7 while coaching his 7-year-old son's pee-wee football game at Mims Park, Ely collapsed and died on the sideline. His wife is expecting another child in just a few weeks.
While the cause of his death is still unknown, parents and coaches who knew Ely said he was a great man and always had a smile on his face.
"He was a good person on the field and off the field. He didn't say too much, but when he said something, everybody listened. He was Kenny, Coach Ely,” said Head Coach Marcus Norwood.
"He was a team player. He was always a team player. He wanted everybody to be involved. He wanted all the kids to play. Wanted everybody to get in. He didn't want nobody on the sidelines left out. He was a real team player,” said Mims Park football president Keesha Chambers.
"It's sad for us to see anybody that things like this happen to. He's going to be sadly missed, sadly missed. God don't make no mistakes, and he took one of his angels home. He really did. And we're going to work the rest of this season out, and we're going to play it up for Coach Ely,” said parent Darian Gamble.
The Redskins are dedicating this season to Ely and on Saturday, September 14, the team will play their homecoming game at 11 a.m. The public is invited and welcome to celebrate Ely’s legacy of good sportsmanship both on and off the field.
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