Clemson University confirmed Wednesday night that former running back C.J. Fuller has passed.
The cause of death is unknown, but marks a tragic ending to what was once a truly talented football player and human being with a bright future. That future was put into question earlier this year after Fuller was arrested in connection to an armed robbery in March. However problematic his finish was at Clemson, Fuller left a lasting memory with Head Coach Dabo Swinney who commented on the heartbreaking loss.
“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with C.J.’s family,” Swinney said. “I’ve known C.J. a long time and watched him grow up through the Easley rec leagues [in South Carolina] all the way through Easley High School. I’m proud of what he accomplished as a Clemson Tiger, most of all his accomplishment of being a Clemson graduate. Our deepest condolences and the thoughts of our program are with his family this evening. May he rest in peace.”
Fuller’s former teammate Shaq Lawson posted to instagram to mourn the loss of a teammate and friend.
Atlanta Falcons defenders Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett commented on Lawson’s post to show their condolences with Beasley saying, “🙏 Up man, CJ was family!”
Fuller was a member of the 2016 Clemson National Championship team that shocked the world by taking down the University of Alabama dynasty. Fuller’s kickoff return of 20-yards set up the Tigers’ game winning drive to claim the trophy.