Put out your footy to remember James Ackerman
TO some he was a best friend. A true mate and a loyal man.
But many Sunshine Coast residents never met James Ackerman.
The Sunshine Coast Falcons player's death is being felt right round Australia.
James, 25, passed away in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital early yesterday afternoon, having failed to regain consciousness after a sickening incident during the Sunshine Coast Falcons' clash with Norths at Nundah on Saturday.
The father-of-two was believed to have been running the ball when he suffered a serious head injury during a tackle early in the match.
A social media trend has started with #putoutyourfooty.
The gesture of placing a football at the front door or gate is a symbol of remembrance to James and the legacy he has left behind.
A minute's silence was observed during last night's NRL match between the Roosters and the Dragons.
Back home, hundreds of Daily Facebook fans have offered their messages of support for the Ackerman family and the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
His death has sent a wave of shock across the entire community.
Amy Deguara: Such a sad loss hearing that James Ackerman has lost his fight to survive after sustaining a head injury over the weekend playing Rugby League. R.I.P. James.
Raelene Baldry: So sad ,such a tragic result from playing a game.Thoughts are with his family ,footy mates ,partner and children ,also the other player involved in the tackle .R.I.P James.
Kristy Jorgensen: Terrible news. Thoughts with James' family and also the player who tackled him. Would be an extremely difficult time for all.
Sharon Dreis Whittaker Bell: This is so sad. My thoughts are with his family, team mates, wife, children and the player who tackled him. This is a tragedy
Jessica Lee: Such sad news great bloke taken from us too soon, sending much love to James' friends and family
Alannah LeClerc: My condolences to your family, friends and loved ones at such a sad time. So sad for the player who tackled James he would be feeling terrible I hope he is ok as well. So tragic such a loss at such a young age RIP James
Alex Price: Very very sad news. RIP James. I really hope the QRL get behind the player who tackled him as he is going to need all the support he can get. My condolences to James' family, wife and kids.
Vivienne Gibson: This is just heart wrenching. RIP James, you will never be forgotten my heart aches for your family and friends a life taken tragically too soon
Keith Wallis: I hear that you loved your rugby league so you died playing the game you loved.Rest in Peace.
Dylan Blyth: So sad a life taken way to young. I'll miss our chats mate RIP
James Ackerman's family praised the efforts of medical staff, after the 25-year-old passed away today, having never regained consciousness following an incident on Saturday afternoon against Norths.
"Firstly we would like to thank all the medical staff from Norths Devils/Sunshine Coast Falcons and the ambulance staff who attended to James on game day at Bishop Park," the Ackerman family said in a statement.
"We want to thank the tireless medical staff from Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, who kept us informed during the night. We are very grateful to the doctors and nurses from the hospital.
"All his former teammates and his former clubs for coming and seeing James. Your support has been overwhelming during this difficult time
"James loved the game of rugby league, he always played the game with his heart on his sleeve. We will miss you!"