It’s always tough to lose one of your own, and that is what the Arizona Cardinals are dealing with now.
Former Cardinals safety Kwamie Lassiter has passed away at the age of 49.
Lassiter was one of the bright spots in the 90’s, where there were not many.
An undrafted free agent out of Kansas, Lassiter was a 26-year old NFL rookie.
Those long odds didn’t matter, as he carved out a nine year NFL career, including four consecutive years as a 16-game starter for the Cardinals.
Lassiter would finish out his starting career in San Diego with the Chargers, starting 10 games.
In 2004, his final NFL season at the age of 35, Lassiter saw time in four NFL games.
In his career with the Cardinals, Lassiter started 71 games over eight years and appeared in 115.
He had 24 of his 25 career interceptions with the Cardinals and one of his two career touchdowns.
Lassiter was a beloved member of the Cardinals and organization, and the outpouring of memories on Twitter was fantastic to see for a player that was near and dear to Arizona Cardinals fans.
We here at Revenge of the Birds hope the family can find peace in this difficult time and are very sorry for your loss.
Rest in Peace, Kwamie Lassiter.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Kwamie Lassiter.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 6, 2019
Lassiter has passed away at the age of 49.https://t.co/Th4L2TdC0F
In 2001, Pat Tillman would not let us mic him up for a game. Kwamie Lassiter said, “Shoot, put that mic on me and I’ll get you some soundbites. I talk with Pat all game.”— Jim Omohundro (@jimohms) January 7, 2019
We ended up getting great stuff. Much of it ended up in Tillman’s “A Football Life” produced by @NFLFilms.
Wow, RIP @KwamieLassiter one of my all time favorite Cardinals and an amazing person from our interactions. Shame I never got to swing the sticks with you.— Hunting Tyler (@TubingTyler) January 7, 2019
When I first began covering the Cardinals, Kwamie Lassiter and Pat Tillman were the starting safeties. Both were great to deal with and left indelible imprints in their own way.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) January 7, 2019
I’m devastated to hear of my brother’s time on this earth coming to an end! A good man that loved his NFL but more importantly loved his family! Prayers to his family in this difficult hour! Rest well brother https://t.co/o2DNL76SVp— Bertrand Berry (@btrain92) January 7, 2019
This news crushes my soul. @KwamieLassiter was a hell of a football player and a great person. Kwamie was the first player host of the #BigRedRage and we had some great times on the show. He was also a champion in the community. RIP, my friend. My thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/chHZd3s0dw— Jim Omohundro (@jimohms) January 7, 2019
What is a True Team without Great teammates? Lost a Gr8. teammate Pat Tillman years ago & can’t believe we lost another Gr8. teammate Kwamie Lassiter today!RIP! pic.twitter.com/zTu3vPps4i— Aeneas Williams (@aeneas35) January 7, 2019
My heart and prayers goes out the @KwamieLassiter and family. May God peace cover you all during this time.— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) January 7, 2019
If you lived in the valley, you ran into @KwamieLassiter often— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) January 7, 2019
Always had a smile on his face, truly cared about former players and their families as well as his community. He always said yes when you needed him for an event. I’m gonna miss him
We are heartbroken to share that our Legends Community Coordinator Kwamie Lassiter has passed away. He left an unforgettable impact on all those who knew him, especially within the #NFLBrotherhood. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.— NFL Legends (@NFLLegends) January 7, 2019
42, you will forever be a Legend. pic.twitter.com/moLDqfVum8