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Greenwood responds to pinching; he’s coughing on his own

[ 1 ] September 15, 2011 |

BY TOMMY BIRCH

tbirch@dmreg.com

Former Hawkeye football player Brett Greenwood remains in a medically induced coma, according to his high school football coach.

Former Pleasant Valley football coach Ed Morrissey visited Greenwood and his family at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Wednesday night and reported the news.

“It’s just a waiting game right now,” Morrissey said.

Greenwood, a former Iowa safety, collapsed Friday during a workout at Pleasant Valley and was given CPR on the scene.

He was transported to Iowa City where he was put into the medically induced coma.

Morrissey said doctors have begun trying to take Greenwood out of the coma. He also reported that Greenwood was responding to pinching and coughing on his own.

“You’ve got to hope for the best,” Morrissey said.

The Pleasant Valley district showed support for Greenwood during his 24th birthday Wednesday by wearing green.

Pleasant Valley athletic director Randy Teymer estimated 70-75 percent of the district participated.

“That was pretty good for less than 12 hours notice,” Teymer said.

Teymer said the support will continue Friday when the Pleasant Valley football team travels to Bettendorf Friday. Teymer said 12 student council members and three football players from both schools will meet at midfield prior to the start of the game. Each representative will release a balloon, a total of 30, the number Greenwood wore at Iowa.

“I’m kind of excited about that,” Teymer said. “The support that I think Brett is getting here from our place, it’s a whole community thing.”

Morrissey said Greenwood’s family was grateful for the support on Wednesday.

“They really appreciated that,” Morrissey said.

Morrissey added that the family is coping.

“They’re doing good,” he said. “There have been a lot of friends up there and family.”

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