Emporia State football player dies in cliff-jumping accident in home state of Oklahoma

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Brexten Green, a 20-year-old Emporia State football player, died Saturday in a cliff jumping accident at Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma.

Green, a Cashion, Okla. native, was set to begin his second year with the Hornets after redshirting last season. Emporia State confirmed the death on Sunday in a press release.

“It’s a terrible day for Emporia State football and just a devastating loss for the Green family,” said ESU football coach Garin Higgins in a statement. “Brexten was a great teammate who cared so much about this football program. It showed in his competitive spirit, his work ethic and his willingness to be there for his teammates. He will always be a part of our Hornet football family.”

The Grand River Dam Authority said police recovered a body in 31 feet of water in the Dripping Springs area of Grand Lake at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Green was a multi-sport star athlete at Cashion in football and baseball. He was an all-state wide receiver and defensive back on Cashion’s undefeated 2021 state championship football team, which was the first 11-man title in program history. Green was voted the most valuable player in District A-3.