NFL World Reacts To Death Of Rashard Anderson

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Former Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashard Anderson has died at the age of 45.

Clarion Ledger's Khari Thompson reported Anderson's passing on Wednesday.

After an extraordinary career at Jackson State, Jackson was selected with the 23rd pick of the 2000 NFL Draft.

He played 27 games with the Panthers and later moved to the Canadian Football League.

Anderson's alma mater mourned his death.

"Today is a sad day for the JSU family," Jackson State Vice President/Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson said in a statement shared by the school.

"Rushard was one of the best players in the history of our football program and an outstanding man.

He attended our spring football game in April and was excited about the event returning to championship status.

Rashard will always be remembered by Jackson State University, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

Although no cause of death was given, former Jackson State teammate Marcus Rogers wrote "cancer sucks" in tribute to Anderson.

"Lost a brother, friend, teammate this morning. My friends were a father, son, nephew and uncle," Rogers wrote. ,

My Dog Rashard Anderson, former 1st RD Pick Carolina, JSU grad and Forest High alum, has transitioned."

"Devastated on this," wrote Jackson State football play-by-play announcer Rob J.

"Rest in heaven my friend."

Members of the Panthers community also expressed condolences.

Our condolences to Anderson's friends and family. rest in peace.

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