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.