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Charleston Southern football player from Nease dies

Joe Bradshaw was a 2020 Panthers grad; no cause of death given

Former Nease player Joe Bradshaw died on Thursday night his college announced on Friday.
Former Nease player Joe Bradshaw died on Thursday night his college announced on Friday. (Charleston Southern)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Charleston Southern is mourning the loss of football player Joe Bradshaw, a former star at Nease High School.

Bradshaw, a freshman receiver with the Bucs, died off campus on Thursday night, the school said in a release. No cause of death was given for the 19-year-old.

“On behalf of the Charleston Southern Football ministry, we offer our condolences to the Bradshaw and Edwards’ family regarding the untimely passing of an exceptional young man, Joe ‘Jo Jo’ Bradshaw,” head coach Autry Denson said in a statement.

“It is imperative that we not judge or allow circumstances to define who Joe was as a person. Not only would that in and of itself be a tragedy, but it also would not accurately portray who Joe really was. Jo Jo was a phenomenal young man, son, student, and teammate. He was a computer engineering major. His position on the field was as a wide receiver, but that huge smile and big heart influenced every one of his teammates and coaches.”

Bradshaw, a 2020 Nease graduate, had a team-leading 767 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 52 catches as a senior. He was a preferred walk-on at Charleston Southern.


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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.