Jordan Wiggins: Cause of Death & Football

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“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

We are talking about a talented player named Jordan Wiggins, who left us all at the tender age of 18. As the quote above says, it has been a nightmare for all football fans. And especially the near ones to lose Jordan.

Wiggins started his career as a footballer by playing at Godby High school for Coach Corey Fuller.

Jordan’s team was also named All-Big Bend’s first team by the democrats of Tallahassee.

Jordan Wiggins
Jordan Wiggins

Wiggins shined during his senior season at 88 percent with 73 pancakes and just two sacks allowed. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 251 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 304 player in Florida.

Jordan had a fantastic career opening as he got an honor like WTXL Scholar-Athlete of the Week. 

Before we dive into details of his life, here are some quick facts about Wiggins.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jordan Wiggins
Date Of Birth December 10, 2000
Place Of Birth Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Nick/Pet Name Unknown
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnic Belonging African American
Father’s Name Unknown
Mother’s Name Althea Jones
Number Of Siblings Unknown
Education Georgia Southern University
Zodiac Sign Saggitarius
Age 18 (At the time of his death)
Height ‎1.93 m/6’4″
Weight 120 kg/265 lb
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Shoe Size Unavailable
Body Measurement Unknown
Figure Athletic
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend No
Children Unavailable
Occupation Football player
Net worth N/A 
Salary N/A 
Active Since 2018
Pets Unavailable
Current works Unavailable
Social Handle #JordanWiggins
Merch  Georgia Southern University Apparel
Last Update July, 2024

Jordan Wiggins | Age, Height, and Body

Born in the year 2000, Jordan Wiggins achieved honors and titles since he was a teenager. Standing at the height of 193 cm (1.93m), he was big bulky, and athletic.

Likewise, the late player, Jordan, weighed around 120 kg. The height to weight ratio of the former player is very noteworthy as he had a very toned and maintained physical appearance.

Jordan Wiggins young
Young Jordan Wiggins

Even though Wiggin’s career was not long-term and he was merely starting, he collected enough fans and keen supporters in his life.

As a December born, Jordan falls among the group of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is widely known for being a social butterfly, hardworking and empathetic individual.

It’s not an easy job to excel in whatever field Wiggins threw himself in, but he proved that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel every time.

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Jordan Wiggins | Parents and Early Life

Native to the land of Tallahassee, Florida, United States, Wiggins was born to an unknown father and a loving and proud mother, Althea Jones.

He never moved out to another place other than his birthplace and continued striving there.

Similarly, Wiggins completed his alma mater from Godby High. This high school has numerous ex-players scattering out across various colleges countrywide.

Jordan in the arena
Jordan in the arena

Also, Democrats of Tallahassee entitled Wiggins’ squad as All-Big Bend’s first team. Jordan excelled throughout his senior season at 88 percent, with 73 pancakes and just two sacks permitted.

Not to mention, for his work both on and off the field, Wiggins received the WTXL Scholar-Athlete of the Week and the Capital Outlook’s Youth of the Year award. 

Jordan Wiggins | Career Before Demise

Wiggins was a very bright student, and he had numerous offers from different universities. The colleges were dying to pick him up and add him to their football team.

FAMU even had him on their radar, but it wasn’t the best choice on Jordan’s list of universities he wanted to attend.

So he went to Georgia Southern University in December of 2018 with a major in electrical engineering.

The 285-pound footballer was studying at the university located in Statesboro, Georgia. Wiggins was keenly interested in mathematics and physics along with sportsmanship.

Moreover, Rattlers head coach Willie Simmons was well aware of his expertise. Simmons also had a link with Godby head coach Brandon McCray.

However, a sad incident took place in 2017 as Jordan’s mother, Althea Jones, died.

As he was without a parent, his coach, McCray’s momma Katherine Pondexter took him in all through his last two years of high school.

Wiggins was redshirting on the football team ‘The Eagles’ that season. The Eagles were listed to play New Mexico State at home shortly after his entry.

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Jordan Wiggins | Cause of Death

On October 21, 2019, a family member dialed Georgia Southern Police demanding a wellbeing check at Wiggins’ residence hall in Statesboro.

Jordan was unresponsive when the police arrived. After that, he was immediately transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where Wiggins was pronounced dead.

According to the Bulloch County Coroner, it is confirmed that the footballer ended his life by himself, and it was an act of suicide. He also texted his friends and family before taking such a big step; apparently, Jordan missed his mother. 

Wiggins overdosed on Benadryl, and an over-the-counter antihistamine frequently used to treat allergy indications.

After the incident, Georgia Southern emailed a statement that read that their thoughts are with the student’s family, friends, and classmates.

His coach from high school, who also adopted the late player, was devastated by the news.

Eagles canceled the practice session and took their time to grieve.

Paying condolence to Wiggins
Paying condolence to Wiggins

Some of his childhood friends found it hard to grasp the news of his death. They mentioned that he was always up for them and supported them throughout.

Since kindergarten, a friend who was together with him said that he struggled with coming to grips with reality.

All the alumnus of Godby High paid their condolences to the late football Wiggins.

People around him only had fond memories to share:

Tom Kleinlein, the director of athletics, said they were devasted by the news. 

“Although he has only been on campus for a few months, Jordan has left an indelible mark on our program. He was a great person, a great teammate, and a great friend to the entire Georgia Southern Community.” 

Chad Lunsford also talked greatly about the deceased star and his decision to end his life. 

“If he was indeed struggling with some personal issues, I wish the resources that we currently provide our students could have helped more. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone this is affecting.”

Jordan Wiggins | Net Worth

As Wiggins was starting his career, his net worth was unclear. He might have received a few cash prizes from all the honors he can bag. But the exact amount is still unknown.

If he had decided not to quit life and continue to be a football player, he would have had a great future ahead.

He could have been on the list of the highest-paid footballer in America. Jordan had the potential to reach where players like James Laurinaitis, Reggie Wayne, and Emeke Egbule have reached.

Sadly this will never happen. May the departed soul rest in peace.

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Jordan Wiggins | Social Media Presence

It seems that Wiggins, when alive, was invested in real life rather than online life. He is among those players who do not use social media much.

So as a result, we can’t find his account on any social media platform. 

But judging from the picture his friends posted on Twitter in his remembrance, it seems that Jordan fancied spending time with his friends and near ones.

He also loved outdoor activities and football from the bottom of his heart.

Many of his friends, family, and fans tweeted about him after his death and immensely wished he hadn’t taken such a step.

We can see many such posts on social media that fellow players and alumni have posted.

You can see all the posts right here. #JordanWiggins

Jordan Wiggins | FAQs

Did Wiggins indulge in any harsh and addictive drugs before the big step took place?

No, he didn’t. Jordan was pretty clean and never smoked anything or took any intravenous drugs before his demise.

How did the death of his mom take place?

No such information is made public about late players’ late mom Athlea Jones’s death.

Was Wiggins mentally unstable that led him to take his own life?

Assuming the late footballer was mentally unstable is not proved anywhere. However, generally, people take such big steps, especially when their mental and emotional health is degrading.

We believe Wiggins had a similar condition before his demise.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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