On Sunday, New York Giants draftee Corey Ballentine was injured in a shooting that tragically took the life of his former Washburn teammate.
Dwane Simmons, a defensive back, was killed at the age of 23:
“Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons,” Washburn coach Craig Schurig said in a statement. “Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn. Dwane’s infectious smile and love for football and his teammates was truly inspirational. Our prayers of healing go out to his family, his parents Navarro and Yasmine Simmons and Chaquilla Williams.”
Once the Giants got word of what happened, they immediately sent out a statement on the situation:
Ballentine was chosen by the Giants in the sixth round, 180th overall, just 24 hours before the shooting.
Ballentine had five interceptions over 46 career games for Washburn, a Division II school located in Topeka, Kan.