The American football running back, George Atkinson III, who is the son of former Super Bowl champ George Atkinson II died on Monday, 2nd
December 2019, less than a year after his twin brother committed suicide.
It's unclear at the moment about the circumstances that led
to the death of 27 year-old but the former NFL player said losing his brother, Josh,
last December took a serious toll on him. In a letter penned by Atkinson III in October- he said
Josh's death put him "on an emotional roller coaster and in a real dark
George III, his late twins and their dad
Atkinson III admitted he
attempted to "harm himself" shortly after the death and had to be
institutionalized, but said his 2-year-old daughter was keeping him going.
“Without my daughter, I don’t know where I would be right
now. She gave me that second wind of motivation.” Atkinson III wrote
Atkinson III was a top recruit in the country coming out of
high school in 2011- and was a stud for Notre Dame from '11 to '13, scoring 10
career TDs. He went on to play two seasons in the NFL, one for the Raiders and
one for the Browns ... and scored a memorable preseason TD in 2016.
Atkinson III's father was a star returner
and defensive back for the Raiders, making two Pro Bowls and helping Oakland
win Super Bowl XI over the Minnesota Vikings.