Prayers Lifting up Jackson Pfister's Family

Updated: October 15, 2019 05:37 PM

"An average person would say he was born with a bad heart. But he lived his life with the biggest heart possible." Those are words from the loving father of Jackson Pfister.


Jackson died on Friday, after collapsing during a football game in Aitkin. The Esko sophomore was 15-years-old. 

Matt Pfister told us over the phone on Monday night that his son had three heart surgeries before the age of 9. The last one nearly killed him. But Jackson survived, and thrived. "His heart always lead him. He was a better person than athlete. Very humble, epitomized humility," Matt said.

A group of about a dozen friends came to their home on Sunday night. "He loved those boys," Matt said. "And the community has gone above and beyond. They loved that boy. The prayers have been felt. It's really important to us," he added. 

The football team met, and the coach decided he would let the boys decide if they wanted to play their final home game on Wednesday. Matt reached out and let them know that Jackson would want them to play. The team decided to play. And the family is happy they are going to.

"We are grateful he passed on the football field. He was a competitor. It could have been anywhere, getting off the bus or sitting at home. We are grateful that's where he went," Matt said.

The Eskomos will take the field at 6pm on Wednesday. Their opponent is Crosby-Ironton. According to the athletic director, the coaching staff and school will be holding a brief press conference after the game, to share more about the tragic loss of Jackson.

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