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Former USF player dies in indoor league game
Last Edited: Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007, 5:15 AM EST
Created: Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007, 4:54 AM EST
Javon Camon

DAYTONA BEACH - A former University of South Florida football player passed away Monday night from injuries sustained in a World Indoor Football League game played at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

Javon Camon, a defensive back with the Daytona Beach Thunder, was pronounced dead at the Hallifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The 25-year-old former USF Bulls defensive captain was injured late in the fourth quarter of the Thunder's 44-42 loss to the Columbus Lions.

Camon, who led the Bulls in tackles during the 2004 season, went down after he was blocked by Lions wide receiver Juval Winston. The game was delayed for approximately 25 minutes while emergency medical service technicians attempted to resuscitate him.

An official cause of death has not been released. Camon was a four-year letterman at USF and a graduate of Charlotte High School in Port Charlotte. On September 11, 2004 he was involved in a play that left Tennessee Tech wide receiver Drew Hixon in a coma.

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Camon was a starter for only one season at USF but emerged as a team leader and a hard-hitting safety, starting all 11 games as a senior and finishing with a team-high 101 tackles.

"This game doesn't last forever, so we're going to go out and play our hearts out," he said in 2004 before his senior season.

In 2004, Camon was tackling Tennessee Tech receiver Drew Hixon when USF teammate Mike Jenkins collided with Hixon, and the hit caused a brain injury that left Hixon in a drug-induced coma for two months. Hixon has made a remarkable recovery, but the aftermath had an impact on Camon, who said last year he didn't want to be as aggressive.


A former USF football player is dead after being injured in a minor league football game in Daytona Beach. Camon played defensive back at USF from 2001-2004.
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