COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Ohio State football offensive lineman Jason Winrow, a native of Bridgeton, N.J., has died. He was 41.
The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV reported that Winrow died suddenly in his Westerville, Ohio, home on Sunday night. A 1989 graduate of Cumberland Regional High School, Winrow played guard from 1989-1993 under former Ohio State coach John Cooper.
Winrow was All-Big Ten as a senior and second-team All-American and was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants in 1994. His NFL career was cut short in 1996 by injuries to his knee and back.
He returned to the Columbus area, working in private business and also appearing as a college football analyst on WBNS.
He had health problems in recent years stemming from diabetes. According to his website, Winrow was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2002 at the age of 31.
In addition to being a standout on the high school football field, Winrow also was an track and field star for the Colts, winning the 1989 discus title at the state Meet of Champions.
He is survived by his wife and three children. The family was finalizing funeral arrangements.