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Cal U. OL Jamain Stephens Died of COVID-19 Complications, High School Says



California University of Pennsylvania offensive lineman and Central Catholic alumnus Jamain Stephens died at the age of 21 due to complications stemming from a COVID-19 infection, Central Catholic announced in a press release on Tuesday. Pittsburgh Sports Now could not independently confirm his cause of death.
Stephens, the son of former Steelers offensive lineman Jamain Stephens, was a 2017 graduate of Central Catholic and was a three-year contributor for the Cal U Vulcans football team.

Nicknamed “Juice,” Stephens was entering his senior year at Cal and was planning to graduate with a degree in business administration.

“Jamain was such a wonderful student with a smile on his face every time you saw him,” Cal U. athletic director Dr. Karen Hjerpe said in a press release. “His personality was contagious and he made such a positive impact on everyone he met.”

Stephens appeared in 32 games over three seasons as a reserve lineman for the Vulcans. In high school, he won back-to-back WPIAL championships with Central Catholic in 2015 and 2016.

He’s the first football player in Western Pennsylvania to reportedly die from COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and has caused a global pandemic.

The Allegheny County Health Department has recorded 349 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The Vulcans are a member of the Division-II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, which postponed fall sports on July 15. It’s unclear if Stephens’ illness was related to his participation in team practices.

Both Cal U and Central Catholic have announced that counseling services are available for students. Memorial arrangements have not yet been announced.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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3 years ago

If we are being honest it looks like he died of diabetes and morbid obesity. More often than not these folx have extremely fragile health and emotions.

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