Keion Carpenter, former Woodlawn High, NFL player, dies at 39

Keion Carpenter, a Baltimore native, Woodlawn graduate and former NFL defensive back, died Thursday morning at a Miami hospital after being injured in a fall, his family announced. He was 39.

Carpenter collapsed while on vacation with his family and remained in a coma for 24 hours before his death at Jackson South Community Hospital, spokesperson Casay Vaughn said.

Reports of Carpenter being hospitalized began to emerge online Wednesday night. An official at The Carpenter House, the non-profit organization Carpenter founded, released a statement late Wednesday night saying that Carpenter was hospitalized and the family asked for “prayers and privacy.”

A cousin, Jamila Smith of Baltimore, said Carpenter had an accident while playing with his son.

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Carpenter was an All-Metro defensive back for Woodlawn in 1994 after being chosen a preseason honorable-mention All-American by SuperPrep Magazine. Known for his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed, he made seven interceptions his senior year. Also the Warriors’ quarterback, he threw for 1,007 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for six touchdowns.

He was also a standout basketball player at Woodlawn.

At Virginia Tech, where he graduated in 1999, he played safety. He went on to

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