Rod Jones, former NFL tight end who was born in Richmond and was a hall of fame athlete at El Cerrito High and the University of Washington, fatally shot himself on Saturday at 54 years old, according to the Seattle Times.
According to the Times: “He had recently been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, his daughter said, and his family believes he was suffering from symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).”
Jones, who was born in Richmond, was a star at the University of Washington Huskies in the 1980s, and was recently a beloved academic coordinator for UW for 18 years, the Times reported.
In 2012, he was inducted into the El Cerrito High Hall of Fame for football and wrestling. He played three seasons in the NFL including stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
He is “survived by his wife, Carla; daughters Krystal Roquemore and Jamie Jones; son, Rod Jr.; and granddaughter, Arielle Hatten,” the Times reported.
His family intends to donate his brain to the CTE Center at Boston University, the newspaper reported.