AUSTELL, Ga. -- They said he was more than a just a football player, he was an inspiration. Friends, family, and fans of De 'Antre Turman gathered Saturday to say goodbye to the Creekside High School football player who broke his neck during a scrimmage game last week. The funeral service started at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell.
"He was popular for all the right things, because he was a good kid and he was a good student," said Antonio Campbell, his childhood football coach. "He had charisma, he was smart, his teachers loved him and his coaches loved him."
Turman, known as Tre Tre to friends, was already fielding offers from college teams halfway through high school. It all came to an end when he broke a vertebra while making a routine tackle during a scrimmage last Friday.
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Antonio Campbell's 9-year-old son idolized Turman. He watched his highlight reels on YouTube and took his number. Campbell said that will be Turman's legacy-his impact on the next generation of football players.
"I'm going to remember Tre Tre all through my life," Jalen Campbell said. "I'm going to run the ball like him, I'm going to hit like him and I'm going to play like him."