Everett Hawk was a former defensive lineman for Crown College’s football team.

The Chino, California athlete stood five feet, 10 inches tall and weighed 260 pounds as senior. According to friends, Hawk was transitioning from life as a college athlete to life as an adult living on his own.

Crown College

Hawk’s former teammate told Fox 9 that he was excited about the next chapter in his life and that he was focusing on his health in order to live as long as possible:

“He seemed in good health and in good spirits –super excited to start his real, adult life after getting his undergraduate degree out of the way—timing is really difficult on all of us in that sense.”

According to Fox 9, Hawk was found deceased in his Minnesota apartment on July 7.

Police are still trying to determine what caused the 22-year-old’s death. His mom, Beatrice, told reporters that her son was getting ready to meet friends later that night and had decided to take a nap.

Hawk never woke up.

Fox 9

After hearing the news that her son had passed, Beatrice wrote on Facebook:

Don’t even know what it feels like to lose a son, I just can’t feel.

The football player was described as a “gentle giant” by his friend and former teammate Jalen Phoenix:

“His kindness, his gentleness—being a guy of his size—he played football like a monster but he loved like a teddy bear. I love the dude I know that everyone behind me loved the guy and the whole community of Crown College is behind him and his family right now.”

Another friend and teammate, Chris Larson, said Hawk pushed him to be a better person:

“He pushed me to be a better football player—but a better Christian, a better man—he held me to a better standard of living and accountability so I really cherish that time that I did have with him.”

Authorities said they do not expect foul play, however, the investigation is still on going.

Hawk graduated from Crown College this spring and was gearing up to make Minnesota his permanent home.

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