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Todd Williams Dead: Former Florida State, NFL Player Dies In Hotel

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Former NFL and Florida State offensive tackle Todd Williams has been found dead in a Tampa Bay area hotel.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies responded to the Sarasota Suites late Monday morning, just hours before the Seminoles won a national championship.

The 35-year-old Bradenton native had reportedly complained to his mother of feeling sick on Friday. She found his body Monday.

Sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow says they haven't found anything suspicious, but an autopsy will be performed.

Williams was one of the state's top prospects after his senior season at Southeast High in Bradenton. He was a redshirt freshman on the Seminoles' 1999 national champion team. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2003 NFL draft and went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers.

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karaokecdgs January 10 2014 at 8:58 AM

it will be blamed on to many head hits and being a independent person . He would be alive today if he worked in a office and dressed like a dweeb

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Daddio January 10 2014 at 7:46 AM

what a shame. It will be interesting to see the autopsy results. Another head injury related death?

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Jack and Joanie January 10 2014 at 7:28 AM

Unfortunate for a man so young, may he rest in peace

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GERALD B. MAURER January 09 2014 at 11:25 PM

There is a factual history of NFL players, some ex, who have been involved in untimely deaths and violent crimes, and 95% are black - as they said on Dragnet - "Just the facts." If anyone doubts that young African/Americam males are more violent than whites or Asians - just check the facts!

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mlt3163 January 09 2014 at 9:46 PM

That is so sad, my prayers are with his mother and family

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brownkbjb January 09 2014 at 8:15 PM

CTE is the reason

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erblaine January 09 2014 at 8:13 PM

Ex-National Felons Leaguer, found dead in motel. I'll let the mothers comfort each other, what I realy wanna know is whether this guy had starving pit bulls chained to tires waiting for their date with death. If so, hope someone rescued them. Sorry, but books tend to be judged by their covers sometimes, and the NFL has some scary dudes. Lots. So, that's a fair question actually.

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dorindarindy January 09 2014 at 7:40 PM

God bless her soul man. I pray to God I never have to go through that. I cant imagine finding your child deceased. That has got to be the most terrible hurt there is.

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Bill January 09 2014 at 8:08 PM

That is pretty tough to walk in on.

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erblaine January 09 2014 at 8:16 PM

This story goes from finding an NFL player dead in a motel to the heart breaking story of the mother going to the motel to find her son lying there dead? I think probably that didn't happen, certainly not from the story above. The real story is what caused his demise I think.

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cinlady50 January 09 2014 at 6:22 PM

No matter what, he was someone's child and losing a child under any circumstances is tragic and will forever be a void in there life. So sad to see some of these disturbing comments about him. RIP

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slloyd414 January 09 2014 at 6:42 PM

Very true. I hope they are able to determine what caused his death so the family can have closure.

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mlt3163 January 09 2014 at 9:48 PM

say that! some people are so judge mental and careless

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michaelchechtbsme January 09 2014 at 6:12 PM

We did not find anything... smart people with chemicals, in your soda, your orange juice ; these smart people know what the lab can find and not, and motel rooms are easy prey. far fetched? You don't know these smart people, for cash? for what? for a threat? unknown to most and a knowledge of who has chemicals; that are undetected in the lab tests; the police will run, the man in the room gasps and falls, there is a lot of tissue damage, and the lab finds nothing, the technology in the usa, from smart people who will kill without evidence, would be what a smart group would to to lesson any risk of being discovered, I myself have been hit with poisons meant to exterminate, and I admit I did not call the police,,,, the police when you survive such things think you are nuts, and send you to the mental ward, if you are smart you move on as the smart people are too smart THEY WILL NOT GET CAUGHT, as they will measure out; all of the "what ifs," of what could happen; and they know the investigations that will take place... Michael c Hecht p.e. bsme bsee, former fan perhaps you can set up any dead man to look like it was his fault he is dead !!

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