Winona State Mourns Football Player's Death

Updated: 07/22/2014 9:54 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 3:29 PM
By: Lauren Beukelman

Two universities mourn the death of the 22-year-old football player Shawn Afryl, who died Monday, July 21, at Winona State University.

Afyrl, who had recently transferred to Winona to play football for the Warriors, died while voluntarily working out with his new teammates at Maxwell Field in Winona. 

The cause of death has not yet been determined. 

Before transferring to Winona, Afyrl, originally from Skokie, Illinois, was an offensive lineman for Illinois where he graduated with a degree in political science. Afyrl returned to school to continue his education and football career at Winona.

"In the time Shawn was on campus, he showed a lot of people what a great fit he was going to be not only for our football program but for our campus as well," Winona Head Football Coach Tom Sawyer said. "He did an excellent job as a counselor during our team camps, and his leadership qualities and maturity were a valuable asset to our successful camps. He will be sorely missed."

Photo: Courtesy of University of Illinois Athletics

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