Mar 15, 2023XFL athletic trainer dies at 22
An athletic trainer for the St. Louis BattleHawks and the D.C. Defenders of the XFL passed away last week.
Ben Siegfried, 22, was a former college football player for Lebanon Valley College.
A recent story from MSN.com detailed the response from the XFL and Siegfried’s alma mater in the wake of his death.
Below is an excerpt from the MSN.com story.
“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.”
Johnson added, “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. We are with you. Stay strong.”
Siegfried’s cause of death was not released. 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 released a statement on his passing.
“LVC is saddened to learn that Ben Siegfried ’22, M’23 has passed away. A @LVCFootball DT, Ben was finishing his master’s degree in athletic training and was doing his clinical training with the XFL. Please keep Ben’s family, loved ones, and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” the school tweeted.