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Jamain Stephens, California University of Pennsylvania Football Player, Dead at 20 Reportedly From COVID Complications

by Jon D. B.
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Jamain Stephens has tragically lost his life after an intense battle with COVID-19 complications. The promising student and athlete was only 20 years old at the time of his passing Tuesday. A defensive lineman for California University of Pennsylvania, Stephens showed great potential for a long career in professional sports.

Although Cal had canceled their 2020 football season due to the COVID pandemic, Stephens somehow contracted the virus. He soon began suffering severe complications as a result which would ultimately claim his life. The bright athlete was scheduled to continue playing for his senior year once COVID had passed.

An Exemplary Student, Athlete, and Friend

Together with his peers, Stephens made an impact playing the past three seasons for the Cal Vulcans. Furthermore, the young student had made the University’s AD Honor Roll in Fall 2019. His Cal U athletic director, Karen Hjerpe, spoke to such – praising Stephens as a “wonderful student with a smile on his face every time you saw him […] his personality was contagious and he made such a positive impact on everyone he met.”

While Cal U confirmed Stephens’ passing, it was actually his high school, Central Catholic, that confirmed his cause of death. Their issued statement told “Jamain went to his eternal reward after suffering from complications of COVID-19”. CC went on to praise the young star further:

“Known more commonly by his nickname, ‘Juice,’ Jamain was a defensive lineman for the Vikings, winning two WPIAL championships and a state championship in 2015. Jamain went on to continue his football career at California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Business Administration.”

Central Catholic

A Football Legacy Cut Short

Offensive lineman Jamain Stephens #67 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Three Rivers Stadium on August 8, 1998 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Further adding to the tragedy of Stephens’ premature passing, he was looking forward to continuing his father’s legacy. Jamain Stephens (Sr.) played professionally for the NFL from 1997 to 2001. Also an offensive lineman, he found fame with the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers (seen above).

Our thoughts are with the Stephens family during this heart-wrenching loss of a truly bright and gifted young man. We may only hope that he is one of the last to pass from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. May he rest in peace.