Antonio Dennard: Ex-NFL cornerback, 32, shot dead outside Pennsylvania bar

Antonio Dennard: Ex-NFL cornerback, 32, shot dead outside Pennsylvania bar
Antonio Dennard used to play in the Jacksonville Jaguars (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

READING, PENNSYLVANIA: Former NFL cornerback Antonio Dennard, 32, was shot dead on October 16, in the parking lot of Legends Bar and Restaurant in Muhlenberg Township, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Chicago-born Dennard used to play in the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Dennard was taken in a private vehicle to Reading Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound before being pronounced dead by a trauma surgeon at 3.15 am, according to the Berks County Coroner's Office. Police are currently investigating Dennard's death which has been ruled a homicide, reported TMZ Sports.

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In his career, Dennard spent time with the New York Giants, and most recently the Green Bay Packers in 2014, in addition to playing with the Jaguars in 2012. He also played cornerback during the 2015 season for the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. After the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jaguars signed Dennard as an undrafted free agent, and at the end of training camp, they added him to the practice squad. The Arena Football League was where he finished off his professional football career in the end. Dennard played four seasons of NAIA football at Langston University, Oklahoma, before joining the NFL.

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Social media was devasted after learning about the death of the NFL player. Many took to Twitter to express their grief and offer their condolences. A friend tweeted, "I’ll remember everything you taught me, what a great mentor, friend, & coach. You inspired so many around you “LU BOYS 4 LIFE” Antonio Dennard." Another user tweeted, "I hate how we hate one another. Every person on this planet is your cousin to some degree, and I wish we’d treat each other like that." The hashtag #RIPAntonioDennard is currently trending.

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It is unknown whether the police have identified a suspect. They have not announced a possible motive for the shooting yet, either. Dennard's residence was unknown to the coroner's office. They announced that an autopsy would take place on Tuesday, October 18.

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