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Former NFL star Lorenzo Taliaferro dies at 28

Former NFL star Lorenzo Taliaferro dies at 28
Former NFL star Lorenzo Taliaferro (Image source: Instagram – @zobot_34)

Lorenzo Taliaferro, a former bruising back for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL, died suddenly in his home in Virginia. He was 28 years old.

First responders were dispatched to Taliaferro’s apartment in Williamsburg, a 50-mile drive east of Richmond, where they found Taliaferro, but would only say that he required immediate medical attention, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office stated in its report according to Yahoo Sports.

Taliaferro was raced to the emergency room of Riverside Doctors’ Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A family member later told local station WBFF-TV Fox45 in Baltimore that Taliaferro died of a heart attack.

The Ravens offered their condolences to the Taliaferro family.

Taliaferro shined at emerging college power Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina, before being drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The running back thrived out of the gate as a rookie where he rushed for almost 300 yards in spot duty. However, Taliaferro was plagued by nagging injuries the next two seasons before switching from the high-profile running back position to the rarely-used fullback.

After being cut by the Ravens prior to the 2017 season, Taliaferro took his talents north to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. But his attempt to transition into a defensive player did not work out and he was cut before the season started. Taliaferro also spent time in the American Flag Football League, Yahoo states.

Fellow players and colleagues articulated their devastation by the news.

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