Robbie Roper, a Class of 2022 recruit and quarterback of Roswell High School in Georgia, shockingly and suddenly died at the tender age of 18, his family announced Wednesday.
“He was our biggest joy to our family,” the family said on his Twitter account. “We are proud of the young man he has become. He will be missed by his friends and family dearly.”
Roswell coach Chris Prewett told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Roper was hospitalized Sunday and lost his life following complications from a routine surgery.
Prewett expressed his sorrow via Twitter later Wednesday: “Heartbroken is a gross understatement. Robbie was a fantastic young man and a fighter all the way [through]! You will be missed in so many ways! Prayers to this grieving family and our community.”
The Atlanta Falcons Twitter page posted, “Football is family. And we are saddened by the passing of one of our local high school football family members. May he rest in peace as we keep his family, friends and all those mourning his loss in our prayers.”
In 2021, Roper threw for 3,010 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2021 as Roswell finished the season at 10-3 with a top-10 final ranking in Georgia’s Class 7A. He was rewarded by being named the Georgia Region 5 Class 7A player of the year.
Roper was being recruited by several colleges and, according to 247 Sports, received offers to play football from UMass, Morehead State, Morgan State and Western Carolina.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.