Former NFL player, Virginia Tech DB Keion Carpenter dies at 39

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Former NFL player and Virginia Tech standout Keion Carpenter has died.

Family members say Carpenter died in Miami, the school announced Thursday. He was 39 and the cause of death is unclear.

Carpenter intercepted 14 passes during his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. He blocked six kicks at Virginia Tech, tying the school record.

He also founded The Carpenter House, designed to benefit children from low-income homes through mentoring.

Former Hokies coach Frank Beamer recalled Carpenter, a Baltimore native, as “one of the rocks around which we built our program.”

The Hall of Fame coach said Carpenter “had a heart of gold.” Beamer said the former player’s work with The Carpenter House and other charitable organizations to help those in need “truly embodied the Virginia Tech spirit.”

Article source: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/18371186/former-nfl-player-virginia-tech-hokies-defensive-back-keion-carpenter-dead-39

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