Former NC State standout Chris Colmer has passed away, his agent, Jonathan Feinsod confirmed this afternoon.
"Yes, Chris has passed away," said Mr. Feinsod. "Out of respect for his family, I cannot confirm any details at this point because I do not believe the family is ready for those details to be released at this point.
"He was very, very special and it is a tragic loss. Chris was an amazing person and an amazing friend. I will certainly miss him."
Colmer graduated from Earl L. Vandermeulen High School where he was a USA Today honorable mention All-American. When he accepted an offer from NC State he was the first person from his high school to earn a Division I scholarship in 27 years.
He went on to have a stellar career at NC State. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder was set to have a big-time senior season in 2003 but was diagnosed with “Parsonage Turner Syndrome," a rare neurological disorder, that caused him to miss the 2003 season.
NC State petitioned the NCAA for a sixth-year of eligibility for Colmer, which was granted, and he returned to the field in 2004 to earn first-team All-ACC honors.
Colmer was drafted in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his career was ended due to injury.
Chris Colmer had just turned 30 years old on November 21st. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Colmer family.