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Chucker44
09-02-2004, 08:54 AM
Sept 2, 2004 - Okanagon Sun

With great sadness the club anounces the passing of running back Jeff Halvorson. Jeff collapsed Wednesday evening during warm down following practice.

Jeff was more than an outstanding athlete on the football field, he was an outstanding person. He will be greatly missed by his teammates who treasured his friendship.

The club's thoughts and prayers go to his family, especially his wife Lea and daughter Shayne.

Jeff Halvorson (http://www.zyworld.com/Okanagansun/Player%20bio/Jeff_Halvorson.htm)

... The club has back to back games against the always tough Victoria Rebels following that, so it might be a bit premature to talk about individual player records, but Jeff Halvorson is taking a serious run at club, provincial, and national records. He has 14 touchdowns through 4 games, and the conference record is 19, set by former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Dan Huclak in the 1970's

Chucker44
09-02-2004, 11:32 AM
Former city athlete collapses, dies (http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Z09_00ahalvorson0902.lasso)
Halvorson's death shocks sporting community

By DOUG BROWN

Herald-Tribune staff and CP

The Peace Country's sports community was stunned and saddened today by the sudden death of former Grande Prairie Comp football and track star Jeff Halvorson.

The running back collapsed and died while watching his teammates on Kelowna, B.C.'s Okanagan Sun junior football team practice Wednesday night.

"He was a young man. When you get a call like that you expect it to be a grandparent or someone much older," said Darren Foley, Halvorson's track and field coach for three years at the Comp. "It's pretty sad."

Halvorson, an all-Canadian last season in the Canadian Junior Football League, was not participating in the practice at the time.

The 21-year-old Wembley speedster had been kept out of practice after complaining of a sore shoulder. He did take part in a couple of sprints, but spent the rest of the session urging his teammates through their drills.

He was taking a knee on the sidelines, when he collapsed and died, said team spokesman Blake Roberts.

Rick Gilson, who coached Halvorson on the Comp Warriors football team, remembers him as an amazingly talented, but also amazingly humble, athlete.

"The thing about Jeff that I think everybody needs to keep in mind is that he was the most incredible athlete any of us here have ever seen," he said. "But all that aside, you'd never hear any of that from Jeff. No matter what he did in the game he always reminded you what everyone else did first and thanked his blockers.

"He was a great guy and he'd turned into a great husband and father."

Halvorson was in his second year with the team, having made the move from the Edmonton Wildcats of the Prairie Football Conference prior to the start of the 2003 season.

He rushed for 1,116 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. Considered by many the fastest in the league, he was named a B.C. Football Conference all-star before his all-Canadian selection.

This season, Halvorson was named the B.C. conference offensive player of the week following a 63-0 win over the Abbotsford Air Force on Aug. 7. He rushed for 257 yards on 26 carries and had four touchdowns.

He was leading the B.C. conference in scoring this season with 16 touchdowns and rushing with 788 yards through six games.

"He was on track to totally destroy every junior football record, but you'd have to pull teeth to get him to tell you that," said Gilson.

Cheerful and friendly, Halvorson was a sprinting phenom with an indomitable will to win, remembered Foley. It was that iron will that led the track coach to pick him to travel to Montreal for the junior nationals in 2000, where he claimed a bronze medal in the 400-metre dash, beating out older and more experienced athletes.

"He wouldn't let anybody beat him," said Foley. "That's why he made the junior national team when nobody even knew who he was. I knew he had pure guts and the talent too. He had the will to win. He could have played any sport he wanted to."

Roberts said team pastor Perry Strang counselled shocked players Wednesday night and the team held a chapel session at the Kelowna General Hospital.

Halvorson is survived by his wife Lea and daughter Shane.

Alberta football star dies at practice (http://edmonton.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=92footballdeathSept22004)
KELOWNA, B.C. - A star running back from Alberta collapsed and died while watching his Canadian Junior Football League team practise in Kelowna on Wednesday night.

Jeff Halvorson, an all-Canadian with the Okanagan Sun football team last season, was injured and was not participating in the practice at the time.

The 21-year-old speedster from Grand Prairie had been kept out of practice after complaining of a sore shoulder. He did take part in a couple of sprints, but spent the rest of the practice watching his teammates.

Halvorson was resting on the sidelines when he collapsed and died, said team spokesman Blake Roberts.

The cause of death is not yet known.

Shocked teammates were counselled by a local pastor after the tragedy and attended a chapel service at Kelowna General Hospital.

Halvorson is survived by his wife Lea and daughter Shane.

Halvorson was in his second year with the Sun, having made the move from the Edmonton Wildcats of the Prairie Football Conference prior to the start of the 2003 season.

Chucker44
09-21-2004, 10:37 AM
You may have noticed both the Esks and the Lions wearing the JH on their helmets during Saturday's game.

That was for Jeff.

http://www.zyworld.com/Okanagansun/Photos/Jeff%20Halvorson%20gallery/images/Jeff--Cheyne.jpg

Diesel
09-21-2004, 12:13 PM
I wondered what the JH was about.....