Teammates Fulfill High School Football Player's Dying Wish

High school senior and star football player Malik Sparkman had his dying wish fulfilled by his teammates days after his death from kidney cancer.

His teammates carried his coffin through the stadium tunnel at Coffee County High School in Douglas, Georgia, where Sparkman would run through before each football game he played before his death. Over 500 friends and family members came to stadium to pay their respects.

"They're hanging in there as a team. It brought their team closer. They're strong," Tia Williams, Sparkman's girlfriend, said of his friends and fellow players to WSB-TV. "They did take it hard at the funeral, but they know he's not suffering anymore."

Sparkman played as a linebacker for the Coffee County Trojans and was being recruited by Florida State. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.

"He always said he wasn't ever gonna give up and God has him," Wiliams said. "He was a fighter."

The team says they plan on having more tributes to Sparkman during next year's football season.

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Teammates Fulfill High School Football Player's Dying Wish