27-Year-Old Former NFL Running Back Found Dead After Battle With Depression

Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Oakland Raiders running back George Atkinson III has passed away at the age of 27. Atkinson III’s twin brother, Josh died just over a year ago and George was dealing with depression since his brother's death.

The Atkinson twins played football together at Notre Dame and were members of the 2011 recruiting class. Atkinson III rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and had 10 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons with the Fighting Irish. He also was a member of the track & field team.

After a stellar college career, Atkinson III signed with the Oakland Raiders then found himself on several NFL practice squads, making his lone NFL regular season appearance during Cleveland’s Week 17 finale against Pittsburgh in 2016. 

As of right now, the cause of death is unknown.

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