TRAGIC LOSS: Sunshine Coast Falcons’ player James Ackerman and his family.
TRAGIC LOSS: Sunshine Coast Falcons’ player James Ackerman and his family.

NRL community pays tribute to Ackerman after tragic death

THE death of Sunshine Coast rugby league player James Ackerman has rocked those in the sporting world.

Yesterday former NRL great PJ Marsh, who now lives in Gracemere, joined those who paid tribute to the father of two, and said his thoughts were with the young man's family.

Ackerman died in Royal Brisbane Hospital on Monday after being injured in a tackle just five minutes into the game against the Norths Devils at Nundah, in Brisbane's north, on Saturday.

Marsh, who retired from the NRL in 2010 after stints with the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos, said reading all the media reports on Ackerman gave him shivers.

"It's one of those things that are hard to fathom, especially for James's family, who I must express my sympathy to for their loss," he said.

"This is also a tragic loss for the wider rugby league community."

Marsh, who was someone who always put his body on the line, yesterday urged all footballers to think of their health. Details of Ackerman's death are still to be revealed.

In October, Marsh will take part in a special Kokoda Trek hike alongside a raft of other NRL greats who have played State of Origin.

The trek will pay respects to Australia's wartime heroes and help raise valuable funds for the Men of League Foundation.

For information on the trek, contact Tegan Jennings on 3367 6080.



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