ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former NFL participant Keith McCants was discovered useless Thursday at his dwelling in Florida after a suspected drug overdose, investigators stated. He was 53.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace stated in an electronic mail that deputies have been known as to a St. Petersburg dwelling about 5:10 a.m. Thursday. McCants was useless inside the home, the place others additionally apparently lived who made the 911 name.
“It seems it was a drug overdose, however we’re awaiting affirmation from the health worker’s workplace,” sheriff’s spokesperson Amanda Sinni stated. “That is nonetheless an open investigation.”
McCants, a linebacker, was the fourth general decide within the first spherical of the 1990 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cell, Alabama, native earned All-America honors as a school participant on the College of Alabama.
McCants performed for 3 seasons in Tampa, adopted by stints with the then-Houston Oilers and Arizona Cardinals earlier than his soccer profession led to 1995. McCants was arrested a number of occasions for possession of medicine and drug paraphernalia through the years.
His longtime buddy, St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon, stated he and others who knew McCants determined in 2010 to attempt to flip his life round.
“This morning, we misplaced that battle,” Blackmon stated in a Fb submit, including that McCants had renewed optimism after hip substitute surgical procedure in Could.
“We started to speak about his future once more. The subsequent 20 years. Shopping for a ship. His signature grin was again. However for each battle I might assist him combat, there have been others he needed to face alone,” Blackmon stated.
McCants additionally had monetary troubles, detailed in 2012 in an ESPN documentary titled “Broke,” about former skilled gamers who went via chapter and different cash difficulties.
In his NFL profession, McCants performed in 88 video games and recorded 192 tackles, 13.5 quarterback sacks and a single interception he returned for a 46-yard landing with the Cardinals.
After retiring from soccer, McCants turned the primary Black marine police officer in Alabama on the state Division of Conservation and Pure Assets.