PHOTO GALLERY | 'Maroon Out' in honor of teen who died at football game

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ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/17/19 @ 10 p.m.
On Tuesday, county and state lines disappeared, school colors faded, and for this one day, so many were on the same team.

North Marion High School students formed Alex Miller's number on the football field to show support for the Roane County High School player who died during a game Friday.

In an incredible show of support, teammates, classmates, friends, family and total strangers came together to wear maroon in honor of Alex Miller.

Alex Miller, a senior and wide-receiver for Roane County High School, collapsed during a game Friday night in Clay County and later passed away. He was 17 years old.

On Tuesday, thousands of people participated in a “Maroon Out” in Miller’s honor. Schools from northern to southern West Virginia participated.

The support, even went across state lines into Ohio and Kentucky with students wearing maroon and silver, the colors of the Roane County Raiders.

At Winfield High School in Putnam County, it was a stark contrast as the students took a group picture in their maroon and silver, pressed against the backdrop of their normal green and white.

Sitting among the crowd of students in the gym was Brody Jarrell. Jarrell transferred to Winfield in 2018. Before that, he went to Roane County High School and was close friends with Miller.

“Alex was one of my closest friends,” said Jarrell. “The big thing at Roane County is the football program is all family. So Alex and I would spend a lot of time together, as our entire team would, We’d be together all week through practice, school, after practice we would go eat. We would watch the West Virginia games together at each other’s houses on Saturdays. On Sundays, we would go to church together sometimes. We were very close. He was my brother.”

Jarrell said he first heard the news about his friend and old teammate as he was leaving the football field Friday night.

“First it was shock,” said Jarrell. My entire body was number. I just couldn’t believe it. It set in more the past couple of days, but it still feels surreal. There’s just stuff that will go through my mind throughout the day, and I realize I am never going to see him again and it’s tough. But it’s comforting knowing he is in a better place. He is in Heaven.”

Jarrell says he still kept in touch with Miller and still saw him often.

“I’d go back every weekend and I would see him,” said Jarrell. “We were still close.”

Jarrell addressed his fellow classmates in the gym on Tuesday, telling them all “you know Alex as the kid who collapsed on the football field, but I know him as much more than that.”

Jarrell told WSAZ that he wants his friend to be remembered for his faith and love for God.

“I would like everyone to remember him, not as the kid who collapsed on the football field, but for the person who was compassionate, he was dependable, he was a Godly kid, Just remember him as that testimony.”

When asked about the amount of support that was being shown not just in West Virginia on Tuesday, but in other states as well, Jarrell said it was touching to see so many coming together to remember his friend.

“Everybody is uniting as one under Alex,” said Jarrell. “That’s pretty special to see.”

Other schools that participated held a moment of silence, others started the morning with a chant, saying “Raiders,” while others stood on their football fields and took pictures in the shape of a number 80, which was Alex’s number on the football team.

The Roane County school system posted on Facebook Tuesday during the “Maroon Out” saying: “We are truly touched by the outpouring of love and support seen all across WV and beyond with today’s “Maroon Out” in memory of RCHS senior Alex Miller.”

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Miller. His services will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. at Roane County High School.

Visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

In the place of flowers, Miller’s family is asking that donations be made to a scholarship fund in Alex’s name.

Donations can be made payable to the Miller family, c/o Principal Bill Heis, 1 Raider Way, Spencer, WV, 25276.

UPDATE 9/17/19 @ 11:15 a.m.
West Virginia is turning into a sea of maroon Tuesday in honor of a teen athlete who died on the football field Friday. The show of support is even spilling over into other states.

Alex Miller, a senior and wide-receiver for Roane County High School, collapsed during a game Friday night in Clay County and later passed away. He was 17 years old.

Since then, players from around the state and even outside of West Virginia have been showing support for Miller's team and his family.

Players across West Virginia are being asked to wear maroon and silver Tuesday in honor of Miller and the Roane County Raiders. Roane County Schools even posted to Facebook Monday, saying the district ran out of Raiders gear ahead of the "Maroon Out" and providing links to businesses that sell team apparel. That post is at the bottom of this article.

"In remembrance of our former student, friend and football player Alex Miller #80 #One #RaiderNation," Spencer Middle School posted to Facebook with photos of students and staff members wearing Raiders colors.

There are no rivals today or distance too far to show support. Schools near and far are celebrating Miller's life.

More than two hours away at Belfry High School, "Belfry students and faculty wear maroon to show support for the family of Alex Miller. #wearebelfry."

Mingo Central Football posted Monday, ‪"For tomorrow, and the remainder of this week, we’re trading our Miner Blue in for Roane County Raider Maroon to honor and remember RCHS’s #80 Alex Miller who tragically passed away after collapsing at the Raiders' game on Friday Night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your football family from Miner Nation. We’re joining everyone across West Virginia tomorrow as we wear maroon in honor of Alex."

Support isn't just coming from schools, "We are all Raiders today," West Virginia Power wrote on Facebook. "Our heart goes out to the Miller Family, Alex's friends and classmates, as well as everyone in Roane County. For the next 80 hours, 50% of merchandise proceeds we sell online and in our team store will be donated to the Miller Family." The address you can send donations to is at the bottom of this article in the embedded Facebook post.

ORIGINAL STORY 9/15/19
Football players from around West Virginia and Ohio collected donations and showed support for Alex Miller's family and for his teammates at Roane County High School.

Alex Miller, a wide-receiver for Roane County High School, collapsed during a game Friday night at Clay County and later passed away. To see that story, click here.

Since then, players from around the state have been showing support for Miller's team and his family.

Players from Ritchie Middle and High School, St. Marys Middle and High School, Williamstown, Belpre and Parkersburg South helped collect donations for Miller's family in Ritchie County.

They lined the roads wearing their jerseys and holding signs in support of the Raiders.

The players ended up raising more than $7,600 for the Miller family.

Players across West Virginia are being asked on Tuesday to wear maroon and silver in honor of Miller and the Roane County Raiders.




Alex Miller, a senior and wide-receiver for Roane County High School, collapsed during a game Friday night in Clay County and later passed away. He was 17 years old.