Ben Siegfried, a former college football player who served as the athletic trainer for the St. Louis BattleHawks and DC Defenders of the XFL, died Thursday, the league announced. He was 22 years old.
The XFL and Dwayne «The Rock» Johnson sent their condolences to his family and friends on Friday.
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«The XFL family mourns the loss of our teammate, Ben Siegfried, who passed away last night,» the league said. «Ben, a graduate student athletic trainer from Lebanon Valley University who works with the XFL’s Department of Athletic Training, was an integral part of preparing our BattleHawks and Defenders for the season. His infectious smile will be sorely missed. in the locker room and passion for his job. For all the players and staff who had the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.»
Johnson added: «I am so sorry to hear this devastating news today. We send strength, love, light and manna to the Siegfried family during this heartbreaking time. We are with you. Stay strong.»
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Siegfried’s cause of death was not disclosed. According to FOX 2 St. Louis, he died at the team hotel.
Siegfried was a defensive tackle at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. The school also issued a statement about his passing.
«LVC is saddened to learn that Ben Siegfried ’22, M’23 has passed away. A manager for @LVCFootball, Ben was finishing his master’s degree in athletic training and was doing his clinical training with the XFL. Please support Ben’s family , loved ones, and friends in your thoughts and prayers,» the school tweeted.
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Siegfried was a tri-sport athlete in school and received a sportsmanship award in 2021 while at Lebanon Valley University. He had 17 tackles and a half sack in 2021 for the school.