According to reports, the Georgia high school student was hospitalized in Gainsville, Florida after experiencing problems related to his surgery. He died Wednesday morning, and his family confirmed the death on his Twitter account.
They wrote, “Hey guys, it’s the Roper family. We just wanted to update everyone on Robbie. Robbie just passed. He was the biggest joy to our family. We are proud of the young man he has become. He will be missed by his friends and family dearly. We are still working on funeral arrangements, and will update everyone on the date, time, and location.”
Since his passing, strangers and people who knew Robbie have shared their memories of the young football star. According to reports, the 18-year-old had just finished his last season at Roswell High School in Georgia. He threw for 3,010 yards and made 37 touchdowns.
At the end of his season, he was named Georgia Region 5 Class 7A offensive player of the year and was in the top 10th ranking for his class.
His coach, Chris Prewett, shared his sympathies on Twitter. He said, “Heartbroken is a gross understatement. Robbie was a fantastic young man and a fighter all the way thru!! You will be missed in so many ways!! Prayers to this grieving family and our community.”
Robbie Roper was a member of the Class of 2022, and had already received numerous offers from colleges, including University of Florida, Ole Miss, Morehead State, TCU, and University of Michigan. He had also received a scholarship from the University of Massachusetts.
Shortly before his death, Roper spoke about his last season at Roswell High School and his love for football. He told AllGators on Sunday, “It’s definitely been crazy. I mean the first game of the season, I think I put up 450 [yards] passing and about 70 on the ground, so I knew what season it could end up being. Lately it’s just been crazy. I know it’s a little late in the game, but there’s still a lot of schools that have been very interested and Florida has definitely been one of them.”
According to others who knew the young man, Robbie Roper was a student who worked hard in every area of his life. His school’s principal, Robert Shaw, posted about the 18-year-old following his death.
He said, “It greatly saddens me to announce that Roswell High School senior @robbieroper2022 passed away earlier today. Robbie was a respected, well-liked student and a leader in our football program. This is a very difficult time for our RHS family.”
The Atlanta Falcons also posted on Twitter to honor the young football star. They opened their post by saying that football was a family and mentioned all the people that would miss Robbie Roper and his strong character.
A memorial for Robbie Roper was set up in the Roswell High School locker room and a GoFundMe page was set up for his family.
The GoFundMe page, which was posted by a relative of the Roper family, has raised over $1,000 for the young football player. The page has a goal of $20,000 and the family hopes that the donations will cover funeral costs and will allow Roswell High School to set up a football scholarship in Robbie Roper’s name.
Funeral information and visiting hours have not been announced for the young football player.