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Shawn Afryl, ex-Illini football player, died working out with team

The University Illinois football field is seen from press box during tour Memorial Stadium Tuesday Sept. 2 2008 Champaign Ill.

The University of Illinois football field is seen from the press box during a tour of Memorial Stadium Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, in Champaign, Ill. Illini fans will get their first look at the $121 million renovation project on Saturday when Illinois hosts Eastern Illinois. (AP Photo/Champaign News-Gazette, Darrell Hoemann)

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Updated: July 22, 2014 6:05PM



Former University of Illinois player Shawn Afryl, 22, died Monday evening during a workout with teammates at Winona State University in Minnesota. Afryl, a Skokie native and graduate of Niles West, died at the Winona State football stadium, according to a release from the school.

An offensive lineman, Afryl played in only one game at Illinois but earned his degree in 2013. He transferred to Winona State with plans of using his final season of eligibility there.

“All of us in the Fighting Illini football family are greatly saddened by Shawn’s passing,” said Illini coach Tim Beckman. “He was a great teammate and a dedicated student. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”



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