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May 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Report — Former Husky Kirton passes away

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The San Jose Mercury News is reporting this morning that former Husky Johnie Kirton has passed away at age 26.

Here’s the story which references this statement from the San Jose Sabercats, the team Kirton (pictured right) has been playing for this season in the Arena Football League.

Kirton, a graduate of Jackson High in Everett, played at UW from 2004-2008, lettering from 2005-08. He was a captain on the 2008 team, the last season for coach Tyrone Willingham.

Originally recruited to UW as a running back, he later moved to tight end and then the defensive line at UW. He had been playing consistently in the AFL since leaving UW (here’s a story on Kirton from earlier this month detailing his off-field pursuits as a teacher).

Kirton was named to the Seattle Times All-State team and as the Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior at Jackson in 2003 when he rushed for 2,675 yards.

He started 12 games in his UW career at fullback, tight end and on the defensive line.

More details as they become available.

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