Tragic Crash Takes Lives of Two Former Football Stars

Tragic Crash Takes Lives of Two Former Football Stars

A trag­ic crash has tak­en the lives of for­mer NFL cor­ner­back D.J. Hay­den and col­lege foot­ball play­er Zach McMil­lan as they were among the six peo­ple killed in a high-speed crash in down­town Hous­ton ear­ly Sat­ur­day morning. 

Hous­ton Police Assis­tant Chief Howard said that a red light was ran result­ing in the col­li­sion between an Acu­ra SUV and Chrysler 300 trav­el­ing at a high rate of speed. Both vehi­cles were destroyed upon impact, with a total of six peo­ple per­ish­ing at the scene or in the hos­pi­tal short­ly after.

Hay­den, only 33, had a nine-year NFL career after being draft­ed 12th over­all by the Oak­land Raiders in 2013 fol­low­ing a stand­out career at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Houston.

In less than 20 words, he record­ed over 330 tack­les and 10 com­bined sacks and inter­cep­tions dur­ing his time in the league with the Raiders, Lions, Jaguars and Washington.

McMil­lian played foot­ball along­side Hay­den at Hous­ton where he excelled as a defen­sive back. The young stars had promis­ing futures ahead of them before their lives were trag­i­cal­ly cut short in this sense­less act of violence.

Police are active­ly inves­ti­gat­ing what caused the Chrysler to run the red light at such a high rate of speed in the ear­ly morn­ing hours. Assis­tant Chief Howard stat­ed the vio­lent col­li­sion left total destruc­tion of both vehicles.

The lost lives will not be for­got­ten. May D.J Hay­den and Zach McMil­lian rest in peace after their shin­ing careers end­ed far too soon on the city streets of Houston.

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