Former Southwest Baptist football star Jarred Schumpert and son die in car crash

A fiery auto crash in Garland, Tex., claimed the life of former Southwest Baptist football standout Jarred Schumpert and his 2-year-old son on Monday.

Schumpert started 38 games in a four-year career that ended in 2009. He holds school records for tackles, solo tackles and forced fumbles.

“This is devastating news,” Southwest Baptist athletic director Mike Pitts said. “I still remember shaking Jarred’s hand in the middle of the football field on senior day like it was yesterday.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, Schumpert, from Cape Girardeau, Mo., and his son Lyndon, died at the scene of the accident on Interstate 30 after the SUV they were riding in was rear-ended near an exit ramp. The family was traveling eastbound when they came upon a massive backup caused by an earlier wreck.

Another SUV slammed into the rear of Schumpert’s vehicle, and both cars caught on fire.

The SUV’s driver, Laura Schumpert, Jarred’s wife, was taken to an area hospital, but her injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

The Schumperts were visiting relatives in the Dallas area.

“Jarred is one of the finest young men I have met at SBU,” school president Pat Taylor said. “He was a great football player for the Bearcats, an outstanding student, and a role model citizen. The thoughts and prayers of the Bearcat family will be going out to the Schumpert family.”

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