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FORDHAM PLAYER COLLAPSES, DIES

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A Fordham University football player died after collapsing during pregame warmups, causing a postponement Saturday of the Rams' game with Lafayette.

Bill Tierney, 20, of Lyndhurst, N.J., was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour after collapsing at Coffey Field in the Bronx.The junior, a starting defensive back, "was just running and he dropped. There was never a pulse," Fordham athletic director Frank McLaughlin said.

A crowd of 3,000 - including Tierney's parents, Raymond and Kathleen, and his sister, Ryann - was in the stands for the homecoming game when Tierney fell about 1 p.m. He collapsed just minutes before his 15-year-old sister was to sing the national anthem.