Sport Shooting suspect Phillip Adams played college football at South Carolina State
Breaking down Phillip Adams' NFL career: 'I think the football messed him up,' says Adams' father
In an interview, Alonzo Adams, whom WCNC identified as Phillip Adams' father, said his son "was a good kid. I think the football messed him up."In an interview Thursday morning with Charlotte, North Carolina, TV station WCNC, Alonzo Adams, whom WCNC identified as Phillip Adams' father, told a reporter that his son "was a good kid. I think the football messed him up.
Former South Carolina State football player Phillip Adams was reported to be theon Wednesday where five people were killed. Adams reportedly died by suicide hours later.
Adams is known for the seven NFL seasons he played with six teams, but he is from Rock Hill and recently moved back to the town, his father Alonzo Adams. The football player went to Rock Hill High School before attending South Carolina State, over 100 miles north of his hometown.
He played in 42 games during his four-year career for the Bulldogs and was part of the back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles the team won in 2008 and 2009.
'There's nothing about this that makes sense': Authorities grappling with the ‘why’ in South Carolina mass shooting
Authorities in South Carolina have confirmed that ex-NFL player Phillip Adams is the suspected gunman who broke into the Rock Hill home of a prominent doctor on Wednesday evening and killed him and four others, before also killing himself. In a Thursday afternoon news conference, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson admitted, “There’s nothing about this that makes sense to any of us.” Tolson described Dr. Robert Lesslie as a devoted father and grandfather, an active church member and “pillar in this community.” There were no immediate signs that any property had been stolen from the Lesslie residence, nor were police able to confirm that Adams was a patient of Lesslie.
Adams had a total of five touchdowns, nine interceptions and 108 tackles in his time as a defensive back and punt returner. In his junior season, he led the conference with five interceptions.
In his final year with South Carolina State, he was a first-team All-MEAC pick and played in the 2009 HBCU Bowl before he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Adams was the first South Carolina State player to be selected in the NFL Draft since 2000.
The South Carolina State athletic department declined comment when contacted by USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.
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