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A Former College Football Star Has Died At 39

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A former college football star passed away over the weekend. He was only 39.

Kenyatta Jones, the first player to be selected in the NFL Draft out of South Florida, died in Colorado this weekend. His mother, Jessica Hadley-Brown, confirmed the news to the Tampa Bay Times.

The former offensive lineman reportedly died of cardiac arrest.

Jones, a Gainesville, Fla. native, was a fourth-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played for New England for three seasons before leaving for the Washington Redskins. He spent two seasons in D.C.

The offensive lineman then spent a couple of years away from the game before attempting a comeback with the Tampa Bay Storm and the New York Sentinels.

Jones did have some issues off of the field, as noted by the Tampa Bay Times:

Characterized as the "life of the party" by Sipp, Mr. Jones' career was tainted by a sequence of arrests, including one on a felony charge of carrying a concealed firearm just prior to his senior season at USF. Mr. Jones underwent pretrial-diversion, according to court records.

In October 2003, he was arrested for allegedly dousing his house guest and administrative assistant with scalding water, and was released by the Patriots five days later.

In July 2008, he was arrested in a Tampa narcotics sweep for allegedly trying to purchase less than a gram each of cocaine and marijuana, but those charges either were dropped or he wasn't prosecuted, court records indicate.

Our thoughts are with Jones' family and friends. May he rest in peace