Former BYU Star Brady Poppinga Mourns Tragic Passing Of Son

Aug 31, 2023, 8:33 PM | Updated: 8:36 pm

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Former BYU, NFL player Brady Poppinga shared his first public statement since the tragic passing of his 17-year-old son Julius Poppinga. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

(Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former BYU football star and Super Bowl champion Brady Poppinga suffered a tragic loss in his family.

Poppinga’s son, 17-year-old Julius, died on August 30 after a severe asthma attack. Julius Poppinga was a Westlake High School football team member near Thousand Oaks, California.

The young Poppinga, who played offensive and defensive line, experienced a collapsed lung after the asthma attack—then passed away on Wednesday.

Westlake High’s football team’s social media accounts stated, “The Westlake Football family wants to send our deepest condolences to the Poppinga Family. Julius was a beloved member of our team and will be greatly missed by the entire tribe.”

Brady Poppinga issued first public statement after son’s tragic death

Brady Poppinga, who played at BYU from 2001-2004, issued his first public statement after his son’s passing on Thursday night via X.

“I would like to thank EVERYONE for their unbelievably beautiful, sweet and loving compassion sent our way. Julius is a special soul who has touched so many lives. He is missed, but we KNOW that through the Savior, we will see him and be with him again. #famliesareforever.”

Football communities show messages of support for Poppinga family

Individuals from the BYU and NFL communities have rallied around the Poppinga family after the unspeakable loss.

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe sent a message to Poppinga on X, “BYU Football Family and Cougar Nation. Please keep Brady and his beautiful family in your prayers as they mourn the passing of their precious son Julius after a severe asthma attack. Peace and love to his football teammates at Westlake HS in Thousand Oaks, CA.”

Senior women’s administrator at BYU Liz Darger wrote to Poppinga, “Sending prayers and love and light to your family. I still remember you and Logan happily helping me move in college. No doubt Julius is the same kind of generous soul as you. Bless you, Brady.”

Brady Poppinga’s brother, Kelly, is the current defensive end coach and special teams coordinator for the BYU football program.

Westlake is still scheduled to play Thousand Oaks High School on Friday night.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X (Twitter) and Threads: @Mitch_Harper.

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Former BYU Star Brady Poppinga Mourns Tragic Passing Of Son