Former NFL player and college coach Calvin Magee dead at 59

NBC Sports reports that Calvin Magee, the former National Football League (NFL) tight end, has died at the age of 59. 

Magee passed away following a heart attack he suffered last weekend.

His death was announced on Friday by Jacksonville State, where he was about to enter his first season as the offensive coordinator, and the tight ends coach for the school’s football program.

Magee’s football career

Magee made it to the NFL in 1985 when he was signed as a tight end by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to that, he was an All-American tight end at Southern University.

Magee would go on to play with the Bucs for four seasons. During that time, he played in 56 games, 34 of which he started. His stats included 114 caught passes for 1,379 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Following his time in the NFL, Magee moved on to coaching. He coached at South Florida from 1996-2000, Michigan from 2008 to 2010, Pittsburgh in 2011, New Mexico in 2018, and Ole Miss in 2019.

Most recently, Magee was a running backs coach for Duke. He was preparing for his first season with Jacksonville State.

Remembering Magee

Following the news of Magee’s passing, his former NFL team, the Tampa Bay Bucs, released a statement expressing their condolences.

“Calvin Magee was part of the Tampa Bay community for many years, first as a Buccaneers player, and then as a high school and college coach,” the statement reads. “We send our condolences to his family, friends, and the countless players he impacted in his more than three decades coaching the game.”

Rich Rodriguez, Jacksonville State’s head coach with whom Magee had worked in the past, also released a statement.

Rodriguez wrote:

Our hearts are broken with the loss of our beloved friend Calvin Magee. Calvin was a great husband, great father and grandfather, great coach, great friend and great man. He impacted my life and the lives of so many others in such a positive way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family — wife Rose, daughters Jade and Jasmine, son Bryson, his grandchildren, and all his friends and relatives. Our world is less, but heaven got better. I miss him dearly already. I love you my brother.

Jacksonville State athletics director Greg Seitz noted that Magee had impacted the lives of “countless people” during his life.

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