HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - The father of a Henry County teen who died of heat exhaustion three years ago says something has to be done after another football player died Monday.
Channel 2’s Craig Lucie met with Glenn Jones Monday afternoon and his words were: “It's just too hot to play football right now.”
As soon as Lucie asked Jones about 17-year-old Douglas County football player Zyrees Oliver's death he became emotional.
“It’s a sad thing that it had to happen again, Craig. Something must be done. We’ve got to stop it. I don't know what to do. We’ve got to stop this. Heat is too much for these kids,” Jones said.
Oliver collapsed after football practice almost three years to the day Forest Jones collapsed during a voluntary workout at Locust Grove High School.
“It hurts everybody. My whole family is all upset about it. It's too much,” Glenn Jones said.
He told Lucie he was following the news updates on Oliver praying for the best and posting his prayers on Facebook for the Oliver family.
“It’s putting a toll on us. It's too much. It's like it happened to me again,” Jones said.
Jones says he thinks the high school football season should start earlier or later to avoid the August heat or practices should only be held in the early or late hours of the day.
Jones says not a day goes by that he doesn't think of his son, Forest, who he calls an angel. He wants the Oliver family to know this: “God’s got another angel.”
Jones says he wants to personally reach out to the Oliver family.
His biggest message to players is if they feel heat, tell their coach immediately, and that parents and coaches need to closely monitor them on the field and after practice.