Rashard Anderson, a former cornerback for the Carolina Panthers, died on the age of 45.
Khari Thompson of the Clarion Ledger reported Anderson’s passing on Wednesday.
After a standout profession at Jackson State, Jackson got chosen with the twenty third pick of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played 27 games with the Panthers and later went to the Canadian Football League.
Anderson’s alma mater mourned his death.
“Today is a tragic day for the JSU family,” Jackson State Vice President/Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson said in a statement shared by the varsity. “Rashard was the most effective players within the history of our football program and an excellent person. He attended our spring football game in April and was excited in regards to the program returning to championship status. Rashard will at all times be remembered by Jackson State University, and our thoughts and prayers are together with his family right now.”
While no explanation for death has been given, former Jackson State teammate Marcus Rogers wrote “cancer sucks” in a tribute to Anderson.
“Lost a brother, friend, teammate this morning. My Dude was a Father, son, nephew, and uncle,” Rogers wrote. “My Dawg Rashard Anderson, former 1st Rd pick Carolina, JSU Grad and Forest High Alum has transitioned.”
“Devastated over this,” Jackson State football play-by-play announcer Rob Jay wrote. “Rest in heaven my friend.”
Members of the Panthers community also expressed their sympathy.
Our condolences exit to Anderson’s family and friends. Rest in peace.