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.