Zachary Shaver: Tarleton State University Football Player Dies (Biography)

April 2, 2010

Meet Zachary Shaver, he was the outstanding defensive lineman of Tarleton State University, who sadly died on March 29th. Would you like to know more about his wonderful young man? Keep reading to learn about his biography and take a look at Zachary Shaver’s photos and video below.

Zachary Shaver

Zachary was born in Wichita Falls. He was the son of Robbie and Jennifer Shaver he also had a sister Emily. Zach was always a kind, sweet, happy, funny and well determined kid and he studied at McNiel Junior High. He began to show his football skills while he was studying at Rider High School, under the leadership of coach Scott Ponder.

After his graduation he was considering several college prospects, but finally decided on Tarleton State University since its football coach Gary Fowler who back then used to be defensive coordinator for Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and used to live near Zachary’s house, so there he went to join the Tarleton State Texans and become one of the team’s greatest and powerful players, with his 6’2” and 280 pounds, he was almost invincible.

But On Saturday March 27th, 2010 the great future career of 18 year old Shaver was shattered, together with the dream of this young Tarleton’s freshman to become the team’s future NFL’s prospects.

It all started as a normal day, at the regular football game at Stephenville’s Tarleton’s Memorial Stadium, when Zachary was blocked from another defensive lineman and fell to the ground and another bunch of players fell over them. He didn’t look to have helmet to helmet contact, but he hit the back of his head in the ground. He got up, but rapidly collapsed again and never got up. He was quickly airlifted about 80 miles to the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, where he went into brain surgery and put into an induced coma, sadly passed away on Monday the 29th at about 10:30 a.m.

His parents took his body back to Wichita Falls where a service in his name will be held at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home followed by his funeral services on Friday at 10:00 a.m at the First United Methodist Church. Tarleton State created the Zachary Shaver fund.

And he will save other people’s lives since Zach is an organ donor. His friends, family and coaches remember their beloved Zachary .

“I don’t want to believe it,” he said. “When you are family for ROHO, you are family for life. He was always laughing and being funny. Back when I was trying to decide whether to go to OU or Tech, Zach told me to go to Tech. He was an influence on me coming here.” said Eric Ward, a former High School Classmate.

"He was a very good leader in the locker room. On the field, he was an extremely hard worker, had a great motor. “He was a great kid, and I loved him dearly. He was so posi­tive and so well-liked. He loved people and had a lot of friends. This is a tragic blow to everyone.” said former coach at Rider ,Scott Ponder.

"Zach was a great young man, and I enjoyed watching him grow up over the years, Zach was a great person and teammate, and he was a pleasure to coach. “He was a winner on and off the field. He had a big smile on his face all the time, but when he was on the football field, there was no give-up sta­tion in him. He played his guts out on every play.” said Texans Coach Cary Fowler.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends thorough this difficult time, Zachary’s legacy and big smile will be forever treasured in our hearts and minds.

Take a look at Zachary Shaver’s photos and video below.

Zachary Shaver photo

Zachary Shaver Video

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