Former South Carolina State football player Phillip Adams was reported to be the suspect in a shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Wednesday where five people were killed. Adams reportedly died by suicide hours later.
Adams is known for the seven NFL seasons he played with six teams, but he is from Rock Hill and recently moved back to the town, his father Alonzo Adams told WCNC- Charlotte. The football player went to Rock Hill High School before attending South Carolina State, over 100 miles north of his hometown.
He played in 42 games during his four-year career for the Bulldogs and was part of the back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles the team won in 2008 and 2009.
Phillip Adams in 2010. (Photo: Paul Sakuma-AP)
Adams had a total of five touchdowns, nine interceptions and 108 tackles in his time as a defensive back and punt returner. In his junior season, he led the conference with five interceptions.
In his final year with South Carolina State, he was a first-team All-MEAC pick and played in the 2009 HBCU Bowl before he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Adams was the first South Carolina State player to be selected in the NFL Draft since 2000.
The South Carolina State athletic department declined comment when contacted by USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.
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