ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (WKRG) — Mobile native Keith McCants, a star linebacker at the University of Alabama and the fourth pick of the 1990 NFL draft, has died.
MCants was found dead Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was 53.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office and the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed they are involved in the death investigation.
McCants prepped at Murphy High and was an All-American and the 1989 Defensive Player of the Year in college football. He was selected in the first round by Tampa Bay and later played in the NFL for Houston and Arizona.
McCants suffered several serious injuries and endured more than three dozen surgeries. He later blamed NFL teams and trainers for addicting him to painkillers which later morphed into a dependence on street drugs. McCants was arrested more than two dozen times in Alabama and Florida for crimes related to his addiction. In recent years, McCants said he was clean and was counseling other addicts in the Tampa area.
McCants fell on hard times financially and appeared in “Broke” a 2012 ESPN 30 for 30 special about athletes who had lost their money.