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Belton-Honea Path football player dies

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BHP's helmets with the initials 'BJ' in honor of Jordan. (Sept. 7, 2012/FOX Carolina) BHP's helmets with the initials 'BJ' in honor of Jordan. (Sept. 7, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Ben Jordan wearing his jersey while being treated at Greenville Memorial before his death. (BHP Football Facebook page) Ben Jordan wearing his jersey while being treated at Greenville Memorial before his death. (BHP Football Facebook page)
BELTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Belton-Honea Path High School student and football player died Thursday night after year-long battle with blood clots.

Ben Jordan, 16, was being treated at Greenville Memorial when a blood clot made it to his lungs, according to the coroner.

Jordan was known as "Gentle Ben" and loved the game of football. BHP Head Coach Russell Blackston said Jordan wanted to suit up for the team's opener against Laurens two weeks ago.

"He was getting better every week, he was one of those kids you never have to fuss at, if you said fix it , he would fix it," Blackston said. 

About 14 months ago, Jordan began feeling a shortness of breath at football camp. Blackston said something happened in Jordan's body that nobody knew what it was.

Jordan came back strong and earned the starting right guard position this summer, but his determination wasn't a cure for the condition that would eventually claim his life.

Jordan was hospitalized the day before the game against Laurens. On Thursday, he began suffering shortness of breath while at the hospital, collapsed and never regained consciousness.

He was planning to be released from the hospital today.

"It's a very emotional time, we don't understand why, but Ben Jordan isn't suffering anymore," Blackston said.

At 6'1", 250 pounds, Jordan had a warm smile and a gentle way, it's no wonder Blackston dubbed him the young man tasked with protecting his quarterback "Gentle Ben."

"It's what I want my two children to be like, like Ben Jordan, great with his manners, outstanding leader, loved by many," Blackston said.

At Friday night's game, the team will wear Jordan's initials above a star on their helmets.

Blackston said the school will honor Jordan at the team's home game against Palmetto next week.

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