Sad news coming out of South Florida as former Miami Hurricane CB Leonard Myers who was a graduate of Dillard High School has passed away at the age of 38 according to his friends on social media. Myers finally succumbed to cancer.
Myers played for Miami from 1997-2000. He was selected in the sixth round by the New England Patriots in 2001 and won a Super Bowl ring in 2002 playing seven games for the Pats.
Myers was a classmate of mine at the University of Miami. I knew several of the athletes when I attended school during the same time frame as Myers. Though I wasn’t close buddies with him, I do recall him being a very friendly, humble and respectful person. He always seemed like he was more mature than the rest of us 18-21 year olds at the time.
On the field Myers was a fierce competitor, with an extremely high football IQ. He certainly wasn’t the flashiest player on those stacked Hurricanes teams, but he sure as heck played the game the right game and was a critical component to the team getting back to national prominence.
Myers was recruited out of Dillard high school, lost his father who also died from cancer in 1996 when he was a junior.
Myers is the third classmate of mine who passed away from those great Hurricane football teams. LB Chris Campbell died in a car crash in 2002 and Al Blades died in a car crash in 2003.
The Miami football program has seen far too many young people pass away over the years. Including Bryan Pata, JoJo Nicholas and of course Sean Taylor.
Condolences to the entire Myers family and all his friends who mourn his passing. May he Rest in Peace