Former Jaguars offensive lineman Uche Nwaneri dies at 38

Former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Uchechukwu Nwaneri died Friday at his wife’s home in Indiana. He was 38 years old.

According to West Lafayette police and Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello, Nwaneri, who had driven to Indiana from Georgia, was found unresponsive by his wife at 1 a.m. after apparently collapsing.

In this photo provided by the NFL, Uche Nwaneri of the Jacksonville Jaguars poses for his 2010 NFL portrait circa 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (NFL via Getty Images)

Costello said results from an autopsy on Monday showed no signs of foul play. At the moment, investigators believe the former player may have suffered a heart attack. Although the results of the toxicology report have not yet arrived, Costello added.

“Nwaneri’s parents immigrated to the United States from Nigeria in 1973. His first name means ‘God’s will’,” according to a September 2006 report by the La Fayette Journal & Courier.

Houston Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton is knocked down by Uche Nwaneri of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on October 30...

Houston Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton #51 is knocked down by Jacksonville Jaguars Uche Nwaneri #77 at Reliant Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Sharpton suffered a torn quadriceps muscle on the play and had to leave on a cart. Houston won 24-14. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

After his college years as a Purdue Boilermaker, Nwaneri became a 5th round selection for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007. He played all seven years of his NFL career in Jacksonville, missing only one game during his last six years.

After the NFL, Nwaneri started a lineman-focused YouTube channel called The observing lineman.

He retired from the NFL in 2013.


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