Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Former Dolphins safety Jarvis Williams passes away

Former Miami Dolphins safety Jarvis Williams died last night in his hometown of Palatka, Fla. He was 45.

Although initial reports on the cause of death were initially conflicted, Williams reportedly died of an acute asthma attack, per the medical examiner.

An All-American safety for the Florida Gators, Williams was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft.

Williams appeared in all but five games in six seasons with the team through 1993, recording 513 tackles and 14 interceptions.

After one season with the Giants in 1994, Williams finished his career with 555 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and one touchdowns.

A member of the Florida Gators' Athletic Hall of Fame, Williams had recently volunteered as a football coach at Interlachen High School in Putnam County.

Williams' son is a sophomore fullback at Jacksonville University.

Williams is the third ex-Dolphins player to pass away in the last month, following linebacker Nick Rogers and defensive tackle Norman Hand.

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