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Sports News of Tuesday, 3 January 2023


Former Jaguars lineman Uche Nwaneri dies at 38

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Uchechukwu Eberechukwu Nwaneri, an American football guard who played in the National Football League for seven seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has died at the age of 38.

He died on Friday, Dec. 30, Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Monday afternoon, Jan. 2.

Nwaneri was at his wife’s home in West Lafayette, Indiana, after driving up from Georgia, last week when he apparently collapsed, according to the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

His wife found him unresponsive in a bedroom around 1 a.m. and called police.

Preliminary results from an autopsy indicate a possible heart attack.

Officials have found no signs of foul play.

Nwaneri played in the league for seven seasons from 2007-2013.

The Jaguars selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft out of Purdue.

He briefly signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, but did not end up making their roster.

Since he retired, Nwaneri started a popular YouTube channel called "The Observant Lineman," where he covered the Jaguars and the rest of the league at large.

"On behalf of the Jaguars organization and my family, our thoughts are with Uche’s family and friends at this terrible time," Jaguars executive Tony Khan, who is the son of owner Shad Khan, tweeted on Monday.