In the wake of former Washington Redskins offensive lineman and coach Stephen Henderson’s recent death, Seahawks fans and former players have taken to social media to share their grief.
“It’s hard to believe that a guy like Stephen Henderson would die like that,” former Washington tight end Greg Cosell said in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday.
“He had a lot of people he loved, his family and his teammates.”
Henderson’s death was the result of a heart attack that was ruled an accidental, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Henderson had suffered from congestive heart failure, according to his obituary.
He was 43 years old.
Henderson was a former starter for the Washington Redskins and played in seven seasons with the team.
The NFL said Henderson was diagnosed with a condition known as coronary artery disease at age 33, but the condition was never diagnosed and the cause was not immediately known.
Henderson played in 11 games with the Redskins last season before he was released by the team in May.
Henderson coached Henderson to a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and a Super Bowl appearance in 2012.
He spent the past two seasons as a coaching assistant with the Indianapolis Colts.
“I am devastated for all of his loved ones,” Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
“Stephen was a friend to me for years, a father figure and teammate to me, and I am truly heartbroken over his passing.
He loved to work hard, he loved to help others and he loved our game and his team so much.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Henderson family and all those impacted by this senseless tragedy.”
Henderson, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the Redskins, also played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
He retired in 2014 after the 2012 season.
Henderson began his career with the Philadelphia Raiders, where he played for five seasons.
He joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers.
Henderson spent two seasons with New Orleans Saints before the Saints released him in 2014.
He signed with the New York Jets in 2018.
“We’ll all grieve together, and we will keep going with the effort that we are all working so hard to get back on the field,” Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said in the video.
“Just to keep going to work and keep getting better and getting better, it’ll be a long, long road.
But, it’s going to be worth it.
We’re going to keep fighting.”
The NFL did not immediately return a request for comment.
Seahawks tight end Tyler Lockett also posted a video on Twitter on Monday.
“There’s a whole lot of sadness,” Lockett said in that video.
Lockett joined Seattle’s offense in 2014 as a seventh-round draft pick.
He started eight games as a rookie and finished the season with two touchdowns.
The Seahawks selected Lockett with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
“Rest in peace, Stephen,” Lockhart wrote on Twitter.
“And a big thanks to all the people I have met and the people who loved and supported me.
I will miss you.