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C.J. Fuller, Former Clemson Running Back, Dies at Age 22

Updated On 04 Oct, 2018 Published On

Running back C.J. Fuller, the former player of Clemson's NCAA championship football team in 2016 season, has died at the young age of 22.

His passing was confirmed by the athletic director of Easley High School, Gill Payne. No details, including the cause of death, have been confirmed.

Shortly after Fuller's death news emerged, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney released a statement through the school to pay tribute to him.

He said in the statement,

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with C.J.'s family. I've known C.J. a long time and watched him grow up through the Easley rec leagues all the way through Easley High School. I'm proud of what he accomplished as a Clemson Tiger, most of all, his accomplishment of being a Clemson graduate. Our deepest condolences and the thoughts of our program are with his family this evening. May he rest in peace.

Additionally, Chris Carter, an athletic director for Woodmont High School and a former athletic director at Easley, where Fuller had starred, said in a statement,

He was so talented. We went 29-6 during C.J.'s time at Easley, and that was just an incredible time for the community and the city of Easley, and C.J. was as big a part of that as anybody.

He added, "It's such a great family. His entire family is sprinkled with Easley Athletic Hall of Fame members, and one of the names you think of when you hear Easley High School is C.J. Fuller."

Fuller played at Clemson for three years from 2014 to 2017. He redshirted in 2014 before accumulating 599 yards rushing on 147 carries with five touchdowns over the next three seasons.

The footballer also had 290 yards on 17 career kickoff returns, which includes a 20-yard kickoff return in the 2016 national championship game in which the Tigers won against Alabama.

Back in February, Fuller announced that he was transferring to another school for his final season of eligibility.

Rest In Peace CJ Fuller!

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