Former Orlando Predators defensive lineman Jeremy Geathers has died after being struck by a limousine on the Las Vegas Strip.
The 30-year-old pro-football player was killed Saturday after police in Las Vegas said he stepped onto Las Vegas Boulevard near Circus Circus Drive and was mowed down by an oncoming Lincoln limo just before 6.30am.
Investigators said Geathers was not at an intersection or a marked crosswalk at the time of the deadly collision.
The 30-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, more than 15 years after surviving another deadly car crash.
Geathers was the son of former NFL defensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl winner James ‘Jumpy’ Geathers and the cousin of current Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers.
The station 3LV reported that Jeremy played 33 games at UNLV in 2006-2007 season, registering 11 career sacks and one touchdown.
He was signed on as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2008 NFL draft but did not make the cut.
As a pro-football player, Orlando Sentinel reported that Geathers split his time between the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, where he played for the Spokane Shock, Chicago Rush and, most recently, for the Orlando Predators in 2015. The team suspended its operations last year.
A graduate of Andrews High School in South Carolina, Geathers went on to play college football at Butler Community College in Kansas before enrolling in the University of Las Vegas.
Jeremy came from a celebrated football family hailing from Georgetown, South Carolina.
Five members of the family have played in the NFL over the ears, including James ‘Jumpy’ Geathers Jr and his four nephews, Robert Geathers Jr, who played 11 years for the Cincinnati Bengals, Kwame Geathers, a nose tackle also with the Bengals, Clifton Geathers, a defensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Clayton Geathers, a strong safety for the Indianapolis Colts.
James Geathers was drafted out of Wichita State by the New Orleans Saints in 1984 and went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL.
In an article about the storied Geathers clan published by the Orlando Sentinel in 2015, Jeremy recounted how his father brought him to the Washington Redskins’ locker room during Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 when he helped the team beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24.
‘Jumpy’ Geathers also has a second Super Bowl ring that he earned playing for the Denver Broncos.
The same article revealed that the Geathers family had known tragedy in the past: Robert Sr and James’ baby sister died as a toddler in a house fire, and in 2001, both Jeremy and his brother, former University of Central Florida defensive end Jarvis Geathers, where involved in a car crash that killed their mother, Debbie.
‘It made me stronger,’ Jeremy said of the fatal accident in 2015. ‘It made us come together and become closer.’