Missouri to pay $2M to fallen player’s family

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri will pay $2 million to the family of a former linebacker who collapsed on the field and died during a 2005 preseason workout.

Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler approved the settlement in a brief hearing Thursday. The agreement ends a lawsuit over the death of Aaron O’Neal, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman from suburban St. Louis who collapsed on the Memorial Stadium field during a voluntary workout in July 2005. He died less than two hours later.