High school football coach in Charlotte dies unexpectedly at 38

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Mo Collins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A beloved North Carolina high school football coach, who was also a first round NFL draft pick, has unexpectedly died.

Mo Collins, West Charlotte High School’s head football coach, died suddenly Sunday morning after an unexpected illness, according to WSOC-TV.

He was 38, according to the Charlotte Observer. He had been receiving dialysis treatments for kidney failure, according to the paper.

Guidance counselors will be at the school on Monday to talk with students and staff and provide support, according to an official.

Collins also taught at the school. He attended West Charlotte High School before playing football for the Florida Gators. He was a first round NFL draft pick for the Oakland Raiders.

Collins is the second area head football coach to die suddenly in the past couple of weeks. Piedmont High School head coach Ron Massey unexpectedly from a heart attack.

“I know he had a big heart to help kids and really wanted to turn West Charlotte High School around,” said former Carolina Panther and Victory Christian football coach Dee Brown.

Read more: The Charlotte ObserverWSOC-TV