Miramar Football Player Dies After Workout

By Manny Navarro and David C. Walter

When he showed up for pre-season training, Isaiah Laurencin told his teammates not to go easy on him. But near the end of Tuesday night’s drills — the second workout session of the day — Laurencin told the coach he was cramping.

As coach Damon Cogdell told Laurencin to sit out the rest of the workout and grab some water, the 17-year-old went into cardiac arrest. Hours later, the coach, teammates and family filled his room at Memorial West Hospital to say goodbye.

“They always showed him love,’’ Erica Holmes, Laurencin’s aunt, said of his teammates. “They knew he would cramp up sometimes, they wouldn’t push him sometimes. But I guess he pushed himself because he wanted to be a professional football player.”