SEATTLE - AUGUST 25: Chandler Williams #89 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on August 25, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. - Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Must have missed this story yesterday in all of the news about the game and so forth.
Wide receiver Chandler Williams, a former draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings, died on Saturday while participating in a flag football tournament in Florida. He was just 27 years old.
Williams was selected by the Vikings in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Florida International University, becoming just the second player from FIU ever drafted. He made it all the way through Training Camp with the Vikings, but was one of the team's final cuts. He spent the 2007 season on the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins, and also spent time on the practice squads of the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs. His travels also took him north of the border to the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
Most recently, Williams was playing for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. The report, according to Pro Football Talk, is that he died of natural causes during the flag football tournament he was participating in.
Our condolences go out to Williams' wife and daughter, and the rest of his family at this time.