Remembering Keeley Dorsey

Tears streamed down Keeley Dorsey's mother's face as she listened to his father describe her son as strong willed, strong minded, with a passion for football.

Tammie Dorsey said, "Football was everything to Keeley. From the time he could walk he would have a football tucked under his arm."

His passion for football was so strong he stayed one extra year in school to earn his chance to play college ball.

Tammie Dorsey remembered that day, "When he got accepted into college at USF, that was the happiest day of his life."

Keeley spoke to his family every day. The last conversation with his father was just an hour before he collapsed during a workout. The next call Keeley's father, Claude Terrell, received was from Keeley's coaches.

Terrell said, "They tried to save him, but it just wasn't meant to be. It was time for him to go home."

One week later, there are still no answers as to what killed the young athlete. His parents recall no pre-existing medical conditions, waiting now for answers when autopsy results come back in four to six weeks.

Tammie said her son is always with her, making a permanent mark on Tuesday.

She said "I went out, the tattoo Keeley had on his back, I now carry on my body to represent and always remind me that he'll always be with me."

That tattoo reads just how Keeley led his life: "Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come."

A viewing will be held this Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Christian Heritage Church on Sharer Road in Tallahassee. The funeral service will follow the next day on Saturday at 1 p.m., also at the church. Both services are open to the public.


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