Athletic Trainer and Former College Football Player Dies at 22 - Look Where They Found Him


A former college football player and current XFL athletic trainer died Thursday night, the league announced.

St. Louis BattleHawks and D.C. Defenders trainer Ben Siegfried was found in the hotel gym days before the BattleHawks’ Sunday game against the Arlington Renegades, KTVI reported.

No cause of death has been announced.

The BattleHawks shared a joint statement with the Defenders and the XFL on Twitter.

“The XFL family mourns the loss of our teammate, Ben Siegfried, who passed away last evening,” the statement 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.”

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The statement concluded, “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.”

Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson, who co-owns the Renegades, also commented on Siegfried’s death.

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The actor and former wrestler and college football player called the young man’s death “devastating.”

“So so sorry to hear this devastating news come in earlier today,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “Sending strength, love, light, and mana to the Siegfried family during this heartbreaking time. We are with you. Stay strong.”

According to Siegfried’s alma mater, the former defensive tackle was a three-sport athlete in high school and a team captain.

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Lebanon Valley College, which is located in Annville, Pennsylvania, also noted the 22-year-old recorded 17 tackles, half a sack and blocked a kick in the 2021 season in which he played in 10 games.

The school shared a statement about Siegfried’s death on Twitter.

“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,” the school said. “Please keep Ben’s family, loved ones, and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

Lebanon Valley College also announced the BattleHawks would honor Siegfried before Sunday’s game against the Renegades in St. Louis.

St. Louis defeated Arlington 24-11.

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.