Former NFL defensive lineman Louis Nix, 29, was discovered dead on Saturday, days after he went missing in Jacksonville, Florida. According to NBC station WTLV, Nix's mother verified his death after officials removed a vehicle matching his car's description from a retention pond near his apartment. Police said they believe Nix died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Nix was drafted by the New York Giants in 2011 and played for them for four seasons. He then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2016. After not making the team this season, he was released by the club on September 2.
"This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with Louis' family at this difficult time," the Giants said in a statement. "We will have no further comment."
The University of Miami confirmed that Nix attended the school but did not play football. He started nine games at left defensive tackle for the Giants in 2011 and 2012 before being suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The Giants declined to comment on the nature of the suspension when contacted by ESPN on Sunday.
After leaving the Giants, Nix signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an unrestricted free agent but was released at the end of training camp. He later joined the Miami Dolphins as part of their inaugural roster in 1993 and played one season with the team.
The linebacker murdered his fiancée before driving to the Chiefs' practice facility and shooting and killing himself in front of club executives, including General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel. An autopsy indicated that the 25-year-old suffered from brain damage, as have previous deceased NFL players. His death was deemed a suicide.
Lambert was considered one of the best young linebackers in football and was set to become an important part of the Kansas City defense. He had nine sacks last season and was voted by his teammates as the team's most valuable player.
"Mike was a true teammate and a crucial component of this defense," said Chiefs President Mark Tatum. "His death is a tragic loss for our organization and our community."
Lambert played high school football in Wichita Falls, Texas, and attended college at Louisiana Tech before being selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played only three seasons in Kansas City before ending his career with the New York Jets in 2009.
After leaving the game against Indianapolis in 2007, Lambert didn't feel right and went to see a doctor, who told him he had a concussion. But when Lambeau Field doctors diagnosed him with two more during games that year, they told him not to return to play until he showed no further signs of having another one.
Vincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at training camp in July 2016 in Tampa, Fla. Don Juan Moore/Getty Images Authorities reported Monday that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead at a Florida hotel. The death of Jackson, 27, was being investigated as a possible homicide, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
In a statement, the sheriff's office said deputies were called to the Welcome Inn & Suites in Clearwater on Sunday morning after receiving a report of a "suspicious death." Upon arrival, deputies discovered the body of a man inside one of the rooms, the statement said.
The sheriff's office did not identify the man nor say how he had died. However, reports indicate that Jackson was found with multiple injuries including a head wound.
Jackson played five seasons for the Bucs from 2010-2014 and was named to two Pro Bowls during his time there. He finished his career with 761 receptions for 10,308 yards and 72 touchdowns.
"Vinnie" was born in New York City but grew up in Newark, N.J. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School before going on to play football at the University of Miami. After graduating from Miami, he was selected by the Buccaneers in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Tim Lester, a former NFL fullback, died as a result of COVID-19 complications. He was 52 years old. Lester's death was reported by the city of Milton, Georgia, on Tuesday. Lester spent eight seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Los Angeles Rams (1992–94), Pittsburgh Steelers (1995–98), and Dallas Cowboys (1999). He finished his career with 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns.
Lester played college football at Appalachian State University. He was drafted by the Rams in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft.
Lester suffered from asthma and had previously been hospitalized for respiratory issues in 2019. He later tested positive for COVID-19 after going to a hospital in Milton, where he died.
An autopsy was performed but no other information about Lester's death has been released. However, Milton officials said in a statement that there are "no known connections" between Lester's death and any other incident during his time in town.
In addition to his work with the Steelers, Lester also coached high school football in Atlanta. He was 49 years old.
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He was the fifth overall choice in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he played for the Redskins for four seasons before his murder in 2007. Taylor, Sean
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Kevin Greene, a Hall of Fame linebacker and one of the most ferocious pass rushers in NFL history, has died. He was 58 years old. Greene died on Monday, according to his family and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There was no mention of a cause of death.
He played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers. After retiring from football, he became an assistant coach for the 49ers and later served as their linebackers coach from 2001-02.
Greene is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fames. He was selected by the Steelers with the ninth pick in the 1979 NFL Draft.
As a rookie, he started all 16 games at middle linebacker and recorded 99 tackles and 9 sacks. In 1980, he led the league with 17 sacks and was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.
In 1981, Greene won his first NFL Championship with the 49ers. That same year, he was also awarded the Bert Bell Award as the league's best defensive player.
He returned to the Steelers in 1994 and 1995 before finishing his career with the 49ers again in 1996.
After retirement, he worked as a security guard for Stanford University while playing in several college football games each season as a linebacker for the Cardinal.
Back Benson, Cedric Cedric Benson, a former NFL running back, died in a motorbike accident in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night at the age of 36. According to NBC station KXAN, Benson was killed when a minivan attempted to cross an intersection and collided with his motorbike. The van's driver survived the crash.
Benson starred at Texas from 1998 to 2002. During his time at Texas, he became one of the school's all-time leading rushers with 4,928 yards and 49 touchdowns on 794 carries (6.4 avg.). He also caught 79 passes for 910 yards and nine scores as a wideout.
After graduating from Texas, Benson went on to have a very successful NFL career. Over the course of his six year career, he rushed for 3,469 yards and 39 touchdowns and caught 574 yards and three scores. In 2011, he led the Bengals to their first playoff appearance since 1990 when he posted 1,071 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Benson was due to appear in court this month to face charges of criminal trespassing and harassment after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and leaving messages on her phone. It is also being reported that he was found dead in his hotel room earlier this week after not showing up for work. No cause of death has been announced yet by authorities.