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Former NFL player Cedric Killings died at the age of 45 from pancreatic cancer: ‘Can’t Believe This Is Real.’

Cedric Killings, a former NFL player, died at the age of 45 after battling pancreatic cancer, according to his family and old organization.

Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, said in a statement that Killings had pancreatic cancer.

Cedric was a wonderful person, player, father, spouse, teammate, and most of all, a man of God. Carson-Newman head football coach Mike Clowney remarked, referring to the Killings’ 1996 season. During this challenging period, they are praying for and grieving with Cedric’s family.

From 2000 to 2007, he was a defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans.

On September 23, 2007, he broke his vertebrae on a head-to-head hit at kickoff in a Texans game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Killings had 36 tackles and three sacks in 34 games throughout his career. In 2005, he participated in two playoff games for the Redskins.

He worked as an assistant football coach at Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, Fla., after retiring from the NFL. According to his alma mater, he also took part in a Miami Dolphins summer program that focused on player safety and good technique.

Killings is survived by his wife, Shavon, and three children. She paid an emotional homage to her spouse of more than 20 years on Facebook on June 23.

My love, my best friend, my husband of 21 years is no longer physically with me but he lives in my heart and in the…

Posted by Shavon Killings on Friday, 23 June 2023

She said that her love, her best friend, and her husband of 21 years are no longer physically with her, but he lives in her heart and the hearts of their three daughters. She is relieved that he’s resting and not in pain, but she is still at a loss and in disbelief that this is real. If one has ever had the honor of meeting him, one would already understand how special he is, she continued. Just an all-around wonderful person. Family, friends, and former coworkers all concur with this; it is not just his wife’s opinion. Sharing his life and loving and receiving love from him has been a privilege. She is thankful for everything. She will always love him.

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