Former NFL player Kenyatta Jones dies at 39

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Kenyatta Jones, an offensive lineman who played four NFL seasons in New England and Washington, has died at the age of 39.

Jones’ mother told the Tampa Bay Times that her son died of cardiac arrest.

A 2001 fourth-round draft pick of the Patriots, Jones played his college football for a South Florida program that was just getting started in the 1990s, and he was the first player drafted from South Florida.

“Just a fun-loving guy, man, like a gentle giant,” his South Florida teammate Keith Williams told the Tampa Bay Times. “But on that field, he took care of business.”

The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Jones played a total of 21 NFL games.

12 responses to “Former NFL player Kenyatta Jones dies at 39

  1. Friend of my family that always stopped by their crib when he passed through louisiana. My folks love him as though he was family.Left a lasting impression. .

  2. How can such a young man pass away at 39 in today’s age? How was this not detected and treatable? My pain, and prayers for his family. Devastated for them.

  3. Dan Muston says:
    June 9, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    How can such a young man pass away at 39 in today’s age? How was this not detected and treatable? My pain, and prayers for his family. Devastated for them.

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    It’s not the 39, it’s the 307lb (when in shape for football…). 1 of 2 things happens to O-Lineman after football. They lose a bunch of weight, or they die young.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    June 9, 2018 at 10:34 pm
    scapegoat bb somehow
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    Do you ever let up? No I guess not. Poor put upon Patriots fan.

  5. You never know when it’s your time. We all just think it’s gonna happen in our 80s. This was just so young and it makes it so much worse. Something like a major heart attack is shocking for his family. Processing that is so hard…my heart goes out to them.

  6. Dan Muston says:
    June 9, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    How can such a young man pass away at 39 in today’s age? How was this not detected and treatable? My pain, and prayers for his family. Devastated for them.

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    It’s very difficult to diagnose some heart problems. And — maybe he wasn’t having symptoms and hadn’t even been seen for anything out of the ordinary.
    A number of years ago I saw a program which showed how dangerous it is to carry as much weight as offensive linemen carry — no matter how tall they are. They said it is a huge strain on their hearts to play football games when you are as big as Jones was, even when they are in excellent condition. They said the stats show that offensive linemen in particular are at a high risk of health problems after they quit playing if they don’t get the weight off, which not too many are able to do.
    And, death is part of life and sometimes it happens to people who are very young for no apparent reason. Maybe this is the case with Jones.
    I echo your sentiments — R.I.P Kenyatta.

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