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Former NFL lineman Kenyatta Jones dies from cardiac arrest, aged 39


Former NFL offensive lineman Kenyatta Jones has died. He was 39.

His mother, Jessica-Hadley-Brown, told the Tampa Bay Times that her son died from cardiac arrest on Saturday in Colorado.

Jones was a fourth-round selection by the New England Patriots in 2001, a season that ended with the Patriots defeating the St Louis Rams in the Super Bowl. 

Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Kenyatta Jones (pictured in 2002) has died. He was 39 years old 

Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Kenyatta Jones (pictured in 2002) has died. He was 39 years old 

His mother, Jessica-Hadley-Brown, said her son died of cardiac arrest on Saturday in Colorado

Jones was a fourth-round selection by the New England Patriots in 2001, a season that ended with the Patriots defeating the St Louis Rams in the Super Bowl

His mother, Jessica-Hadley-Brown, said her son died of cardiac arrest on Saturday in Colorado. Jones was a fourth-round selection by the New England Patriots in 2001, a season that ended with the Patriots defeating the St Louis Rams in the Super Bowl

He started 11 games at right tackle the following season before his career began going downhill.

Jones underwent surgery on both knees before the 2003 season and was placed on the physically unable to perform list. 

Then he was arrested for allegedly dousing two people with scalding water that October and the Patriots released him five days later.

He played three games for the Redskins in 2004 and didn’t appear in another NFL contest.

The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Jones played a total of 21 NFL games. 

Jones was arrested in a Tampa narcotics sweep in July 2008. He wasn’t prosecuted in the case.

Jones played three games for the Redskins (pictured) in 2004 and didn't appear in another NFL contest. The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Jones played a total of 21 NFL games

Jones played three games for the Redskins (pictured) in 2004 and didn’t appear in another NFL contest. The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Jones played a total of 21 NFL games

He played one season for the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm in 2008.  

Jones was last part of the New York Sentinels’ United Football League roster in 2009, but he never appeared in a regular-season game for the team.

He played college football at the University of South Florida (USF) and was the school’s first-ever NFL draft pick.

His former teammate at USF told the Times that Jones was a great guy.  

‘Just a fun-loving guy, man, like a gentle giant,’ Keith Williams said, adding that ‘on that field, he took care of business’.



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