Sad news to report, as former Bucs linebacker Keith McCants has died at age 53. The news was reported by Pewter Report’s media partners at WFLA News Channel 8.

Pinellas County Sheriff deputies responded to McCants’ St. Petersburg home just after 5:00 a.m. on Thursday and found him dead inside the house. According to the WFLA report, the sheriff’s office spokesperson said that investigators believe McCants died from an apparent drug overdose.

McCants was the fourth overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay. He was an All-American defender at Alabama, but a knee injury he suffered during his final season for the Crimson Tide limited his production in the NFL.

McCants was considered a bust and had just two sacks as a rookie and totaled just 12 in his three seasons with the Bucs. He played only three more seasons in the NFL with three other teams, recording 1.5 sacks, before retiring after the 1995 season.

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1 month ago

Sorry to hear. RIP Keith McCants.

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1 month ago

Sad News! Remembered mostly by Bucs fans because of who was drafted next. Junior Seau! Well anyhow RIP and condolences to the family

1 month ago

I remember that 90’s draft and was hoping Cortez Kennedy would fall to us. Respects and condolences to the McCants family

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1 month ago

RIP Keith McCants. I was so excited when we drafted him. It never worked out, but always hate to hear a player passing on.