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Two Former Houston Football Players Killed in Car Crash

Two former football players from the University of Houston were killed in a car crash early on Saturday morning in Texas.

D.J. Hayden and Zach McMillan both tragically lost their lives alongside four others killed when a car rolled through a red light and collided with another vehicle according to a report from the Houston Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte.


While details of the crash are still being ironed out by the Houston Police Department, Assistant Chief Megan Howard mentioned that they did confirm a Chrysler 300 went speeding through a red light around 2:00 AM which made contact with an Acura SUV causing the crash.

Following the aftermath of the pile-up, two survivors were able to make it out of the crash alive with one female currently in critical condition and one man in stable condition.

Hayden spent two seasons in Houston and finished off his career with 127 total tackles, one sack, six interceptions, and five forced fumbles. The former Cougar would eventually be selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and spent eight years at the professional level.

Hayden played 92 games in his professional career with three different teams compiling 328 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 46 pass breakups, four interceptions, and four forced fumbles in his career.

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