It comes with great sadness to report such devastating news. A beloved star athlete has died, and the unexpected news has shaken his community.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as the family goes through this difficult time. Many fans were left in utter shock and are absolutely devastating by the news.
Countless fans have shared their condolences with the family over social media sites. Also, other fellow athletes have shared tributes as well.
One of the NFL's most feared hitters who played safety for the Philadelphia Eagles has died. Wes Hopkins died on Friday, September 28. He was 57 years old.
According to "Philly.com," Hopkins had been dealing with "failing health for a couple of months," however, the cause of death has not yet been made public. He lived in Birmingham, Alabama.
"Wes Hopkins is one of the best safeties in the history of our franchise and played a major role in the team's success during his time here in Philadelphia,'' Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement.
Hopkins was a walk-on college athlete who played for Southern Methodist University. He inducted into its Hall of Fame, and the Eagles selected him in the second round in the 1983 draft.
As a rookie, Hopkins played in 14 games, and during his career, he was the first-team All-Pro selection in 1985 before he tore his left knee in the early season of 1986. He missed the rest of the season and the following year but won his starting spot back in 1988. He retired from football in 1993.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.