Avery Atkins

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Avery Atkins
Florida Gators – No. 4
Position Cornerback
Career history
College Florida (2005)
High school Mainland
Personal information
Born: (1987-05-29)May 29, 1987
Daytona Beach, Florida
Died: June 5, 2007(2007-06-05) (aged 20)
Port Orange, Florida

Avery Jamal Atkins (May 29, 1987 – July 5, 2007) was an American football cornerback. A highly touted prospect, he attended the University of Florida in his freshman season, but legal trouble cut his football career short. He died in 2007 from an overdose of MDMA.[1]

A native of Daytona Beach, Florida, Atkins attended Mainland High School, where he was an All-State cornerback and running back. Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he chose Florida over numerous offers, including Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, and South Carolina. Atkins was the highest-rated prospect in Urban Meyer's first recruiting class.[2]

As a true freshman, Atkins started three games in the 2005 season. In the Florida–Florida State game he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.[2] A projected starter for 2006, he left the University of Florida after charges of domestic battery on the mother of his child.[2] He enrolled at Bethune-Cookman College, where he played three games in 2006 before leaving the team. In January 2007 he enrolled at Florida again, but dropped out after only a few weeks and returned to Daytona Beach.[2]

On July 5, 2007, he was found dead in his car in Port Orange, Florida.[3] Autopsy later determined the cause of his death as ecstasy intoxication.[4]


  1. ^ "Former UF, B-CC player Atkins dead at 20". Florida Times-Union. July 6, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d "Former Gator Atkins found dead in car". Gainesville Sun: Gator Sports. July 5, 2007.
  3. ^ "Police call death of former Florida player 'suspicious'". ESPN.com. July 5, 2007.
  4. ^ "Police: Former Gator Died Of Ecstasy Intoxication". WESH. October 26, 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14.

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