Tragedy At Notre Dame: Film Crew Member Dies After 50-Foot Fall In Practice

10.28.10 7 years ago 23 Comments

I liked Notre Dame a lot better when their ineptitude was limited to losing football games, but this is pretty GD tragic: a 20-year-old member of the Notre Dame football program’s video team died in a fall after a scissor lift he was standing in was toppled by high-speed winds. And one could argue that the kid, who was in the tower filming Wednesday’s football practice, saw it coming, as evidenced on Twitter.

In the first [of two Twitter posts], Declan Sullivan, who was perched on a scissor lift to film a Fighting Irish football practice, made a dark joke predicting his horrific fate.

“Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I’ve lived long enough,” Sullivan wrote at 3:22 p.m., just as practice was getting started, CBS reported.

More than 40-minutes later, the 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., was frozen with fear as wind-gusts approached 50 mph.

“Holy [f-ck]. Holy [f-ck]. This is terrifying,” Declan wrote. –NY Post.

Less than an hour later, Sullivan would fall from that tower. Sad. Deadspin has more on how Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly not only was adamant about having practice outdoors in the wind, but also that the team stayed out for 25 minutes after Sullivan’s fall. I don’t see how anyone in their right mind could have asked that kid to go up 50 feet in the air in the middle of a windstorm. I really didn’t think I could be more annoyed or angered with Kelly than I was when he left Cincinnati. I was wrong.

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