Tearful father of Oklahoma football star who overdosed testifies at landmark opioid trial

(CNN)Craig Box couldn’t hold back tears in an Oklahoma courtroom on Wednesday as he described his late son Austin as “a special young man.”

Austin Box, a football star at the University of Oklahoma, died of an opioid overdose at the age of 22 in 2011. Now his father hopes to use his death to provide context to a historic trial in Norman that will test whether a state can make a pharmaceutical company pay for the opioid epidemic impacting Americans today.