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Wes Hopkins, Former Philadelphia Eagles Player, Dies at Age 57

Updated On 29 Sep, 2018 Published On

NFL star Wes Hopkins, who played for Philadelphia Eagles in the 1980s and early 1990s, died on Friday, September 28, the team has confirmed. He was 57.

The cause of death has not been revealed yet. However, the sportsman, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, had been in failing health for the past few months.

The tragic news was confirmed by the late footballer's former teammate Garry Cobb. He shared a tweet writing, "I'm sorry to report that one of the best @Eagles players I've ever known, safety Wes Hopkins passed away this morning. He played the game with #Passion and #Commitment. He was a great player, a great teammate and we will all miss him dearly."

Here's the tweet, check it out.

Drafted by the Eagles in the second round in 1983, Wes spent his entire career with the team; he played 10 NFL seasons getting retired after the 1993 campaign.

He was a 2018 inductee to the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame. He initially joined the team as a walk-on and eventually, during his final two seasons in college, he became an all-conference player.

In 1985, Wes was selected to the Pro Bowl; during that time he was also named first-team All-Pro, intercepting six passes. During his career, the footballer had 30 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 12 sacks in 137 games.

Rest In Peace Wes Hopkins!