Jarvis Williams: Former Dolphins and Giants Player Dies
Jarvis Williams Has Died at the Age of 45
Williams, who once played for the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants has died at the age of 45 from an acute asthma attack. His death was confirmed by the medical examiner in Palatka Florida, and he confirmed that he passed away just before midnight on Tuesday May 25.
Williams had just started volunteering as a football coach at Interlachen High School in Putnam County and the Principal Phyllis Criswell gave a statement earlier today:
"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."
A long-term friend of his, Jerome Wilkerson, said that Jarvis was a someone everyone wanted to be around.
"He was always smiling, always laughing. He was a person you loved to be around," he said.
Williams is in the Athletic Hall of Fame after playing for the Dolphins from 1988-1993 and then for the Giants in 1994.
The vice president of Alumni Relations for the Miami Dolphins also released a statement about about Williams passing:
"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."