Rodney Thomas, a former running back for the Tennessee Titans, died Saturday at the age of 41.
An autopsy is expected to completely to determine the cause.
Thomas, a former player for Texas A&M, was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1995 and played six years for the team, four of which after they moved to Nashville and became the Titans.
He played his seventh and final season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2001.
Thomas finished his career with 1,973 rushing yards, 631 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.
He is survived by his wife and 4-year-old child.
“What a great young guy he was,” former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum told The Associated Press. “He made the greatest impact on his teammates of all the guys I’ve ever coached.”
*The Associated Press contributed to this story.