Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thursday. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said they went to his home in St. Pete
and found the 53-year-old dead. They said it appears to be a drug overdose
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office and the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s
office confirmed they are involved in the death investigation.
McCants prepped at Murphy High and was an All-American and the 1989 Defensive
Player of the Year in college football. He was selected in the first round by Tampa Bay
and later played in the NFL for Houston and Arizona.
McCants suffered several serious injuries and endured more than three dozen
surgeries. He later blamed NFL teams and trainers for addicting him to painkillers
which later morphed into dependence on street drugs. McCants was arrested more
than two dozen times in Alabama and Florida for crimes related to his addiction. In
recent years, McCants said he was clean and was counseling other addicts in the
McCants fell on hard times financially and appeared in “Broke” a 2012 ESPN 30 for 30
special about athletes who had lost their money.
News of McCants passing comes just months after former Buccs wide receiver
Vincent Jackson was found dead at a Florida hotel room, days after authorities spoke
with him as part of a welfare check.
A housekeeper discovered the 38-year-old’s body at around 11.30 am, officials said.