Football player dies of COVID-19 complications
California University of Pennsylvania senior defensive tackle Jamain Stephens died Tuesday at age 20 of COVID-19 complications.
Known to friends, teammates and family as “Juice,” Stephens would have turned 21 on Sept. 21.
The school announced Stephens’ passing. His obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday cited the cause of death.
“Jamain was such a wonderful student with a smile on his face every time you saw him,” said California athletic director Dr. Karen Hjerpe in a statement.
The 6-foot-3, 355-pound Stephens played in 32 games for the Vulcans from 2017-19. The school is not playing football this fall due to the pandemic.
Stephens’ father, also named Jamain Stephens, was a first-round NFL draft pick in 1996 and appeared in 40 games as an offensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-98) and Cincinnati Bengals (1999-2001).
–Field Level Media