On Sunday, the Jets announced the deaths of former offensive linemen Jim Sweeney and Marvin Powell. Sweeney passed away on Saturday at the age of 60, while Powell passed away on Friday at the age of 67.
What was the cause of Marvin Powell and Jim Sweeney’s death?
Marvin Powell III, his son, said Powell died from heart failure. It was not immediately clear what caused Sweeney’s death. In 1977, Powell was a first-round pick. His final two teams were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets.
Sweeney started 158 consecutive games for the Jets after being drafted in the second round in 1984. During his tenure with the Jets (1988-1994), he also played full-time centre for the Seattle Seahawks (1995) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-99). He grew up in Pittsburgh while he played for Pitt, where Dan Marino was his centre.
In a tweet, Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed his sadness about the passing of longtime Jets Marvin Powell and Jim Sweeney. Our thoughts are with their families today.”
“He was just an amazing physical specimen. He was like a brother to me,” said former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker. Powell was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
Who was Marvin Powell and Jim Sweeney?
Powell is originally from Tampa. Powell and Sweeney have lost touch with one another. Powell was a vital member of the Duquesne team from 2000 to 2002. Sweeney was a key member of the Albany team from 2014 to 21.
Former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker said, “To lose two former teammates at such a young age is shocking.”
Our entire Jets family is saddened to learn of the passing of longtime and outstanding Jets Marvin Powell and Jim Sweeney. We’re thinking of their families today. pic.twitter.com/qNVDWBi7nW
— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) October 2, 2022
I was drafted together with Marvin, and he served as my best man at my wedding. As a player, he was a teddy bear off the field, but he was an intelligent specimen on the field. He is the sweetest guy in the world.”
Walker said Sweeney was the guy you always respected: “He wasn’t flamboyant. He was a tough, come-to-work kind of guy.”