OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Hundreds packed the football field at Shawnee Mission West Sunday night. They remembered star athlete Andre Maloney. He suffered a stroke while playing Thursday night and later died.
When Maloney scored a touchdown he pointed to the sky. It was his signature move. It was one of the last things he did.
Everyone on the field pointed to the sky for him this time.
It’s a heartbreaking loss for anyone who knew him.
His coach, Tim Callaghan said, “He's just that kind of kid, when you meet him you love him and there's no other way to get around that.”
Callaghan, along with friends and family, told stories about the young star who always had big dreams -- like the socks he wore that read MiB.
Longtime friend Rashaun Owens said, “It's something he made up ever since he was a kid -- MiB. He always wants to make it big. We always knew he was going to the (National Football) league. Everybody thought he was going to the league, so he just kind of had this mindset that he was going to make it big.”
Maloney had a 3.7 grade-point average and committed to play football for the University of Kansas next year.
“He really never gave up on anything, and that's what made him the leader he was," Callaghan said. "He didn't have to say a whole lot., He was just a kid who gave his heart and soul to everything he did."
But there's much more that family and friends will miss, apart from Maloney's athleticism and determination.
“His dancing and singing," said Owens. "He's a funny guy; always dancing, always singing. You never saw him not dancing or singing."
There will be a public visitation for Andre Maloney from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 8311 W. 93rd St.
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