Cedric Killings Net Worth: Wife Shavon And Family

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A retired NFL defenseman Cedric Killings, who died at 45 in June 2023, had a net worth of $1 million at the time of his death.

Killings sought a professional route for his childhood passion in football & determined to enter the NFL.

The native of Miami, Florida, joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2000 as an undrafted free agent.

But he saw him juggling with different NFL teams: Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and Houston Texans.

The only team with which he remained for a longer period was the Redskins. However, they did not offer him any prominent deals.

The Late Former NFL Player, Cedric Killings
The Late Former NFL Player Cedric Killings (Source: Twitter)

Rather, in 2007, the late former Texans player retired from his playing career as his NFL career was cut short due to a fractured vertebra.

His injury brought a change in the NFL rules to prevent wedge-related neck injuries.

Following 16 years of his NFL career retirement, reports of Cedirc’s demise came; he was battling pancreatic cancer then.

Cedric Killings Net Worth: Salary From NFL

At the time of his death, Cedric Killings had an estimated net worth of $1 million– most of which came from his career in the NFL & post-career as a coach.

From 2000 to 2007, throughout eight NFL seasons, Cedric played with various teams but had short stints with nearly all of them.

Mostly, he saw himself on injured reserve or inactive roster list but would never let go of any chance to deliver his best in the field.

After his sudden retirement due to a spinal injury, he began working as an assistant football coach at Carol City High School. 

No details on the late defensive tackle’s NFL contract or salary are out, but he allegedly took home a 6-digit figure per season. 

According to Spotrac, an average salary of an NFL player is $750K per year. But it could go as high as in the multi-million figure.

The highest-paid NFL player (as of June 2023) is Lamar Jackson, with an average annual salary of $52 million, followed by Jalen Hurts ($51.5 million) & Aaron Rodgers ($50.27 million).

Cedric Killings Wife Shavon And Family

Cedric Killings got married to Shavon Killings reportedly around the year 2002. In their 21 years of togetherness, the couple shared three kids. However, details about their kids are not available.

The former football player reportedly died in June 2023 after battling pancreatic cancer for a long time.

The news of his demise was announced by his beloved wife, Shavon, on her Facebook profile.

Late Cedric Killings With His Wife Shavon
Late Cedric Killings With His Wife Shavon (Source: Facebook)

“My love, my best friend, my husband of 21 years is no longer physically with me, but he lives in my heart and in the hearts of our 3 children,” She wrote.

“I’m comforted in knowing he is resting and no longer in pain, but I’m still at a loss and can’t believe this is real.”

She further wrote, “If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting him then you already know how special he is. Just an all around great person. I don’t just say this as his wife, it’s echoed by family, friends, and former teammates. It has been an honor to share life with him, and to love and be loved by him. ❤️ So grateful for it all. Love you for life.”

“Our love will live strong for generations to come”

Later, on June 26, Shavon updated her Facebook profile with a collage of photos featuring moments with her late husband.

Cause of Death And The Injury Which Triggered His Retirement

The former professional football defensive tackle died at the age of 45 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Killings was struggling with the tumor for the better part of his retirement life.

His life had always been tough, as his professional football career had to end abruptly after fracturing his vertebra.

In a 2007 game against the Indianapolis Colts, the defensive tackle collided head-to-head during a kickoff return. This collision fractured Killings’ C-4 vertebrae, a part of the spinal column in the neck, ending his football career.

After retiring from NFL, he took over a job as an assistant football coach at Carol City High School.



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