In what has been a devastating year, another sports figure has now passed away days short of 2017.
Keion Carpenter, former safety for the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills, has died at the age of 39 years old. Carpenter had been in a coma after collapsing while going for a run Wednesday.
He played in the NFL from 1999 until 2005, appearing in 83 games and pulling down 14 interceptions along the way.
Carpenter had been an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Hokies from 1995-1998.
What was more than likely his crowning achievement, he founded the Carpenter House a foundation whose goal is "to strengthen and empower families from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing access to resources, activities and structured environments that enable them to reach their highest academic and economic potential."
Keion Carpenter will be missed dearly by the football community.