The tragic death of former NFL player Antonio Dennard

According to 69 News, former NFL player Antonio Dennard tragically died on Oct. 16 at the age of just 32. Dennard, who previously played for the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, was pronounced dead after being shot in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It’s unclear if there was a motive for the shooting, which took place outside Legends Bar and Restaurant in Muhlenberg Township, near Reading. Dennard’s death has been ruled a homicide and an autopsy is scheduled to take place on October 18 to establish an official cause of death, according to Mood.

A suspect has not been caught and an investigation into Dennard’s death is ongoing. According to a Daily Mail press release, Dennard “was pronounced dead at Reading Health Medical Center at 3:15am on October 16, 2022, after being admitted to the emergency department with a gunshot wound to the torso”. The press release goes on to explain that “the Coroner’s Office is conducting a death inquest into the cause and manner of death.”

Former teammates, relatives and fans are now mourning the loss of Antonio Dennard.

Many mourn Antonio Dennard

Antonio Dennard played football at Langston University in Oklahoma before being recognized by the NFL and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent in 2012, according to E! News. His professional career ended in 2017, but former teammates, coaches and fans have come forward to remember Dennard after his unexpected passing. His former college coach, Brandon Roberts, posted a heartfelt tribute to Dennard on Facebook. Roberts wrote, “He was the first pro I ever coached … I would speak to the NFL scouts about how amazing you were as a person and how much of a stand-up kid you were.” He continued, “I know you received your RIP wings today to my former player Antonio Dennard.”

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A former college teammate, Sidtrell Grayson, tweeted, “I will remember everything you taught me, what a great mentor, friend and coach. You inspired so many around you Antonio Dennard.” One NFL fan also shared his thoughts on Dennard’s death via Twitter, writing, “It’s crazy Antonio Dennard getting killed watching football like crazy I remember definitely fond of him. This is crazy rip off.”

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.