Emporia State Athletics mourns freshman football player who died in tragic cliff diving accident

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Okla. — Emporia State Athletics released a statement on July 3 regarding the sudden passing of freshman football player, Brexten Green.

On July 2, Green cliff dove in the Dripping Springs area of Grand Lake in Oklahoma and didn’t resurface.

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“It’s a terrible day for Emporia State football and just a devastating loss for the Green family,” said Emporia State football coach Garin Higgins. “Brexten was a great teammate who cared so much about this football program. It showed in his competitive spirit, his work ethic and his willingness to be there for his teammates. He will always be a part of our Hornet football family.”

After redshirting, Green was going to start his second year at Emporia State. He was a wide receiver.

Green was a high school student from Cashion, Okla.

“He was committed to being the best player he could be and would have developed into a great player for us because of those characteristics. He was a typical ESU player that lived the core bricks of our program and we will miss him dearly,” said Higgins.  “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Brett and LaMae and the entire family.”

Emporia State Counselors will be provided for members of the Hornet football team virtually over the holiday season. Starting July 5, students and staff will be provided support through counseling sessions.