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Former Giants defensive back Jarvis Williams dies at age 45

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Former Giants defensive back Jarvis Williams dies at age 45

Post  Big_Pete on Wed May 26, 2010 7:18 pm

from http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/05/former_giants_defensive_back_j.html

Former Giants defensive back Jarvis Williams dies at age 45



By The
Associated Press



May 26, 2010, 4:21PM


Jarvis Williams, a former defensive back for the Miami Dolphins and
Giants, died Tuesday night in north Florida. He was 45.
A spokeswoman with the Putnam Community Medical Center said Williams passed away shortly before midnight in his hometown of Palatka, Fla. The medical examiner confirmed the cause of death was an acute asthma attack.

His passing came as a shock to the Palatka community.
Williams had started volunteering as a football coach at Interlachen
High School in Putnam County earlier this year. Principal Phyllis
Criswell said he appeared to be in good shape and perfectly healthy at
practice on Tuesday afternoon.

"This has been very hard on our football players ... they have grown
to care about Jarvis and were looking forward to their game this
Friday," she said. "Now they'll be playing in dedication to him."
The team is scheduled to play a scrimmage game on Friday.
Jerome Wilkerson had been friends with Williams since his senior year
of high school. He said he hopes Williams is remembered as a great
family man.

"He was always smiling, always laughing. He was a person you loved to
be around," he said.

Williams got his start as a safety at the University of Florida and
was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
He played with the Dolphins from 1988-1993, later joining the Giants
for his final season in 1994.

Former Gators and Dolphins teammate Louis Oliver remembered Williams'
famous tackle of University of Miami standout Melvin Bratton in 1986 as
"the hit that resonated around the country." Oliver said he has never
seen anything like it in football before or since.

Nat Moore, vice president of Alumni Relations for the Dolphins,
called Williams' death a tragedy.

"Jarvis Williams ... was not only a personal friend but a tremendous
football player for both the Dolphins and the Gators," Moored said in a
statement today. "He dedicated his life to coaching and helping young
people and it's a real tragedy for him to pass away at such an early
age."

Williams' son currently plays football for Jacksonville University.
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