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Jaguars Player Uche Nwaneri Found Dead at 38
Uche Nwaneri Found Dead: According to multiple reports, former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Uche Nwaneri died at the age of 38. According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Nwaneri drove from Georgia to Indiana to see his wife. She reportedly discovered him unresponsive in a bedroom in her West Lafayette home around 1 a.m. on Friday and called 911.
Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello told the publication that preliminary autopsy results showed no foul play and that he may have died from a heart attack instead, pending toxicology results.
“Uche was a great person,” his former agent, Jordan Woy, told CowboysSI.com. “He was a very interesting person with deep, valued, and informative ideas about sports, politics, and life.”
Nwaneri’s parents immigrated to the United States from Nigeria in 1973, and he was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1984. His parents named him Uchechukwu Nwaneri, which means “God’s wish” in Igbo. According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, he has committed to play football for Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and spent seven seasons with the team. According to NBC Sports, he appeared in 104 games with 92 starts for the Jaguars.
He was released by the team and briefly signed with his hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys, before being released during the 2014 final roster cuts.
After leaving the NFL, he launched “The Observant Lineman,” a YouTube channel where he and other former players would analyse recent football games. His most recent show, in which he dissected a Philadelphia Eagles play, was only two weeks old.
Rest In Peace, Uche Nwaneri. @Chukwu77 played 7 seasons with the @Jaguars, 2007-2013, and forged a strong bond with the Jags fans that's remained to this day.
On behalf of the Jaguars organization and my family, our thoughts are with Uche's family + friends at this terrible time.
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 2, 2023
Many members of the football community paid tribute to the football star on Twitter, including Tony Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ chief football strategy officer and the son of the team’s owner, Shahid Khan. Nwaneri “forged a strong bond with the Jags fans that has remained to this day,” he said.
Nwaneri was also mentioned on Twitter by sports columnist Eugene Frenette “One of the coolest cats to ever work in [the Jaguars’] locker room. Opinionated and endearing.”
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