George Atkinson III Wiki
George Henry Atkinson III (November 29, 1992 – December 2, 2019) was an American football running back. He played college football at Notre Dame. He signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and also played for the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the New York Jets.
George Atkinson III Age
He was 26 years old.
George Atkinson III Early Years
Atkinson attended Granada High School in Livermore, California, where he played high school football for the Matadors. He was selected Bay Area News Group athlete of the week after a win over Amador Valley High school football team. He participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and served as captain of the West team. He was selected to the all-metro first-team as a utility player in high school.
Atkinson was also a standout athlete on the school’s track & field team, where he competed as a sprinter. As a sophomore in 2009, he finished third in the 100 meters (10.66s) and fourth in the 200 meters (21.46s) in the finals of the state meet, and placed second in the prelims of the 200 meters with a career-best time of 21.30 seconds. He did not continue running track after being removed from the track team his Junior year for violating the team’s anti-doping policy.
George Atkinson III Education
After graduating from high school, Atkinson played college football at Notre Dame. Atkinson was selected to the Freshman All-American second-team by Phil Steele and was an honorable mention All-American by SI.com as a kickoff returner.
As a Notre Dame collegiate, he joined the track & field team. He ran a personal-best time of 6.85 seconds in the 60 meters at the 2012 GVSU Big Meet, placing third in the prelims. He ran a career-best time of 10.36 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2012 Big East Championships, placing second in the prelims.
George Atkinson III Twin Brother Josh Atkinson
His twin brother, Josh, also played college football at Notre Dame. Atkinson was the son of former Oakland Raiders safety George Atkinson.
George Atkinson III Cause Of Death
A cause of death has not been released.
George Atkinson III, a former soccer player in Notre Dame and in the NFL, died at age 27, several media reports. Pete Sampson of Athletic tweeted the news Monday night. No cause of death has yet been reported. George’s death comes about a year after runner’s twin brother Josh Atkinson died of suicide last December. Children of Super Bowl champion George Atkinson II, both brothers played for Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2011. George played college football until 2013 before moving on to the NFL, where he played professionally for the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns.
In an open letter written in October, George talked about his difficulties in afflicting his twin brother. Titled “How I turned my losses into lessons” and published by The Unsealed, the letter recounts the loss of his mother, who died from complications of Crohn’s disease and also suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and how the tragedy weighed on Josh.