Freshman Player William Wayne Jones III Dies at 19By: Chad Sweely - November 9, 2012
Many football fans are saddened to learn about the sudden loss of William Wayne Jones III, a great Tennessee State University football player who instantly collapsed during practice this past Wednesday.
William Wayne Jones III, 19 years old from Smyrna, Tennessee, was taking part in a non-contact practice for the university’s football team. During this practice, Jones unexpectedly collapsed and was discovered unconscious. Jones was then transported to Baptist Hospital, and later pronounced dead.
Tennessee’s reputable news source The Tennessean reports that the cause of death has not been identified, and an autopsy will be performed to determine what exactly happened.
Various sources report that Tennessee State University’s Athletics Director Teresa Phillips exclaims that the school will do everything it can to support Jones’ family in their time of grief.
With this saddening news, various Twitter users have been posting their condolences for the loss of William Wayne Jones III:
RIP William Wayne Jones, III. So sad to hear about young athletes leaving us too soon. #TSU
Every time I suit up for now on a part of my game will be dedicated to William Wayne Jones III. Rip man Life is short sometimes
We extend our deepest sympathy to the TSU Tigers in the sudden death of freshman defensive back William Wayne Jones.
It kills me seeing somebody so close to their dreams, then lose it all… RIP William Wayne Jones III http://t.co/dfFMDGB9