Learning from Jarvis Williams’ Asthma Death

27 May

By now we’ve all read about Jarvis Williams’ untimely passing at the far too young age of 45. Dolphin faithful will always remember Jarvis and former college teammate Louis Oliver manning the defensive backfield.

Within the sadness, there exists an opportunity to learn, and perhaps to prevent future tragedies. Asthma takes 5,000 lives every year in the United States alone. Many of these deaths occur in those who are unaware of being asthmatic.

You’re never too old to get tested for this dangerous disease. Symptoms include trouble breathing during exercise, or around dust, pets or pollen, coughing or touble breathing in either hot or cold weather, wheezing inside the chest, and/or waking up at night due to breathing issues.

If any of those apply to you, then it’s worth checking in with a physician. Treatment options are plentiful. The last time you want to find out you have asthma is during an attack, when it may be too late.

Jarvis Williams left us far too soon, but perhaps his death will inspire others to live healthier and longer. That legacy would trump even the one he left on the gridiron.


R.I.P. Jarvis Williams.


2 Responses to “Learning from Jarvis Williams’ Asthma Death”

  1. InFINcible May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Very well put. Last thing you think is a professional athlete who played at a high level would die from an asmtha attack. Thanks for honoring Jarvis’ memory and educating us all at the same time Dan!

    Keep up the great work, love the blog!

    GO FINS!!

  2. danewen May 27, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    Thanks InFINcible! Stop by The Bottlenose anytime.

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