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Former Seahawks captain found dead at 43: report

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Former Seattle Seahawks captain and cornerback Jimmy Williams was found dead on Friday, July 8.

Williams, 43, died of an undisclosed illness, according to The Baton Rouge Advocate. According to the Nashville Tennessean, Williams’ alma mater – the University of Vanderbilt – declined to provide further details about his death, citing the family’s wishes.

After a distinguished career at Vanderbilt — he was named an SEC Football Legend in 2013 — Williams spent six seasons in the NFL after being selected in the sixth round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. Williams made a career as a special team ace, serving as the Niners’ punt-and-kick returner in the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The former All-SEC cornerback led the NFL in punt return yards (16.8) during the 2002 season.

He eventually joined the Seahawks in 2005, playing the role of Seattle’s punt returner that season.

Williams served as the Seahawks’ special team captain during their run to Super Bowl XL, where they lost 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Williams spent one more season with the Seahawks before retiring after the 2006 season.

The Seahawks sent their condolences to the Williams family shortly after the news of his death.

“The Seahawks are devastated by the loss of former special teams captain Jimmy Williams. Williams played two seasons for the Seahawks and was a member of Seattle’s Super Bowl XL team. We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Williams family.”

Former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck – who was Williams’ teammate in the 2005 and 2006 seasons – also offered his condolences to his former teammate.

“Devastated by this news,” Hasselbeck said. “Jimmy had the best personality on the team! He loved his teammates and we all loved him too. I am praying for his wife Chandra and the whole family.”

The veteran cornerback ended his career with 151 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups.

Since retiring, Williams had served time at his high school alma mater at Baton Rouge Episcopal as a teacher, coach, defense coordinator, and assistant athletic director.

“There are no words to describe the impact this man has had on our school and our lives,” Episcopal said in a statement announcing his death. “Thank you for fighting with us Jehovah’s Witnesses, we love you.”

Current Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea also paid tribute to Williams, revealing that he hosted the former Commodores cornerback at his home on Wednesday.

“Jimmy will be remembered for the energy and spirit he filled a room with, the love and dedication he showed to his beautiful family, and the choices he made each day to stay alive in the face of life’s most difficult adversities and to live fully. “Leah tweeted on Friday.

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The Seahawks are about to return to the training ground.

Seattle will open its training camp on July 26th. Several practices are open to fans, with some sessions restricted to season ticket holders. However, fans must register online at the Seahawks official website.

The Seahawks play three preseason games in August, beginning with the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 13. Seattle then plays the Chicago Bears at home on August 18 before concluding their preseason against the Dallas Cowboys on August 26.

The Seahawks are about to return to the training ground.



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