The NFL world has suffered another tragic loss after former receiver Mike Williams died at the age of 36.
Following news of his death, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Gerald McCoy, 35, took to social media to mourn the loss of his fallen colleague.
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, McCoy wrote, “Damn, my heart breaks to see the news of my former teammate and Buccaneers draft class brother, Mike Williams.”
“Always great energy, brought joy and laughter to the dressing room and was a great player!! Prayers and blessings to his family!!”
News of Williams’ death broke Tuesday through a partner reporter for Buffalo Spectrum News jon scott He tweeted that his fatal injuries occurred in an accident at work at a construction site.
In a subsequent tweet, McCoy reflected not only on Williams’ death, but also on the deaths of three other of his former teammates, all of whom have died in the past six years.
“Man this is killing me man 4 of my former teammates gone Teo Geno V-Jack and now Mike. No one has seen 40………….” McCoy wrote.
“Post-football is no joke, man. You all think we are superheroes and we want to tell you all that we are human just like everyone else.”
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim died in 2017 at the age of 30.
The former defensive lineman died at a friend’s house and was found with alcohol and painkillers on his body New York Times.
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After Te’o-Nesheim’s death, his brain was donated to Boston University’s CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) center.
He was found to be suffering from CTE lesions in his frontal lobe.
CTE is a degenerative brain disease coupled with repeated blows to the head.”
Former wide receiver Vincent Jackson died in 2021 at the age of 38.
He was found at a Florida hotel five days after his family reported him missing ESPN.
Jackson’s death was attributed to chronic alcohol abuse and, like Te’o-Nesheim, his autopsy revealed that he also suffered from CTE.
Former linebacker Geno Hayes also died in 2021 at the age of 33.
He was suffering from liver disease and was awaiting a transplant when he died, it is said ESPN.
Before his death, Hayes told the outlet that he suspected over-the-counter pain medications he took during his playing days may have contributed to his condition, as did a family history of liver disease.