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Former NFL draft pick dies playing flag football

There’s a sad note this morning in the world of football.  Chandler Williams, a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2007 and a current member of the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm, died on Saturday while playing flag football.

According to, Williams died of natural causes while participating in a flag-football tournament in Florida.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Chandler,” Tampa Bay Storm president Derrick Brooks said.  “Our heart and prayers go out to his fiancée Vanitia Harrigan, daughter Tori Williams and the rest of his family.”

Williams, 27, played college football at Florida International University.  He also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.

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12 Responses to “Former NFL draft pick dies playing flag football”
  1. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 6, 2013 9:41 AM


  2. geniusesq says: Jan 6, 2013 9:41 AM

    What is “natural” about dying at 27?

  3. jboyxl73 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:43 AM

    Sad to hear way too young . How does a 27 year old die of natural causes ? RIP !

  4. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 6, 2013 9:44 AM

    Hopefully this will add perspective to the player safety debate.

  5. justintuckrule says: Jan 6, 2013 9:51 AM

    Don’t let goodell here about this or the nfl won’t even look like flag football anymore

  6. GG Eden says: Jan 6, 2013 9:52 AM

    natural meaning heart-attack, not something like a head-injury from a collision.

  7. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:09 AM

    From what I hear, he passed away from an enlarged heart, which is becoming more and more common with athletes as the pressure and stress put on the heart makes it expand to the point it is unable to handle the trials of playing numerous seasons that overlap like the CFL, NFL, Arena football…. The human body needs rest as well to heal it self and repair it self… RIP playing football in the heavens ..

  8. gotampabay52 says: Jan 6, 2013 10:23 AM


  9. benacci says: Jan 6, 2013 10:31 AM

    As a Storm Fan Chandler will be greatly missed, our thoughts go out to his Family. He played hard and played great.


  10. luccabrazzi says: Jan 6, 2013 11:01 AM

    wow! Thats crazy to hear of someone so young dying of natural causes. condolences to the family, and may you rest in peace young man…

  11. bleed4philly says: Jan 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    That’s such a tragedy! so sad! RIP

  12. dcowboy4life says: Jan 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    So very sad! Heart attacks or strokes doesn’t care how young a person is and it’s generally a hereditary thing. R.I.P Chandler!

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