On Thursday afternoon, the Alabama football program and football world in general lost a former star player.
Former Alabama football star Keith McCants tragically passed away earlier this week, according to a report from AL.com. He was just 53 years old.
“McCants’s close friend, Robert Blackmon, a St. Petersburg city councilman, confirmed the news to AL.com,” the report stated. “The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office and the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed later Thursday to Bay News 9 they are investigating the death.”
“Police officials were called to a St. Petersburg address early in the morning for an unresponsive male. The cause of death is unknown.”
— Mark Heim (@Mark_Heim) September 2, 2021
McCants was a unanimous All-American in 1989 and eventually became a top pick in the 1990 NFL draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted the former defensive star with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.
The former Crimson Tide star played three seasons for the Buccaneers before he eventually signed with the Houston Oilers. After two seasons there, he later signed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Alabama native totaled 184 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 2 touchdowns during his NFL career.
Our thoughts are with the McCants family.