HONOLULU - HawaiiNewsNow reports that former Jaguars lineman Vince Manuwai, 38, was found dead Sunday morning.
Manuwai was found unresponsive in his Hawaii apartment and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Manuwai in the third round of the NFL draft in 2003 and played for the Jaguars his entire NFL career through 2010.
The Jaguars released a statement about Manuwai's death:
We are saddened by the news of Vince Manuwai’s passing. Vince was a quiet, strong, reliable and respected member of the Jaguars family for eight seasons. Throughout his career he was a key part of our offensive line, and the way he went about doing his job was a great example for his teammates and others. We offer our condolences, our thoughts and our thanks for the Manuwai family in remembrance of Vince.
Foul play is not suspected, according to officials.
Manuwai's coach at Hawaii June Jones tweeted this about the guard:
Former Hawaii football star Vince Manuwai dies at 38..one of the greatest players and persons I ever coached!..makes me so sad today!!...he was the first recruit that stayed home and said I want to make UH great again!!!..the rest followed ..Love and Aloha https://t.co/hVSWAXPkx7 — June Jones (@CoachJuneJones) November 4, 2018
Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor posted on Instagram about Manuwai:
One of my favorite teammates I’ve ever had the pleasure of going to battle with. Big Vince never complained and he was always down for the shits. He’d always say “whatever you wanna do bruddah, I got you” and he always rushed to snatch guys off the pile and pick me up. I love you bruddah, RIP big fella! 😢
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