Bui was taken to the hospital for “undisclosed injuries” during the fourth quarter of a game against Highline High School on October 2 and died three days later. An autopsy found that Bui, who had suffered a concussion long before the game but was cleared by doctors, had died of blunt-force trauma to the head. He became one of two football players to suffer serious injuries in the Seattle area that Friday night, one week after 17-year-old Ramon Angel-Oros collapsed during a game and had surgery to relieve swelling in his brain.
Donovan is one of only two players in CIS history to win the Presidents’ Trophy in back-to-back seasons as the best defender in the nation. By the time he finished his collegiate career, he was arguably the most imposing run-stopping linebacker in the game. During his final season, Concordia gave up only points and yards rushing per game with Donovan in the line-up. That year, the team only surrendered three touchdowns, all of which were through the air. Concordia has a reputation for producing great linebackers — the program has won five Presidents’ trophies — but Donovan may be the best of the bunch. His brother and fellow Stinger alum, Mickey Donovan, recants Patrick’s value in defending the run: “He is one of the only players I know that played both ways as a LB and RB. Patrick is the most powerful and hard-hitting football players I have ever seen.”