Jim Sweeney Death and Obituary, Former Steelers, Pitt Offensive Lineman Jim Sweeney Dies at 60, Cause of Death
Powell died of heart failure, according to his son, Marvin Powell III. Sweeney’s cause of death was not immediately released.
Powell, 67, was a 1977 first-round pick and three-time All-Star who played with the Jets until 1985. He played the final two years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sweeney, 60, a second-round pick in 1984, started 158 straight games for the Jets, mostly at center. He was a full-time center for the Jets from 1988 to 1994 before finishing his career with the Seattle Seahawks (1995) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-99). He grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Pittsburgh, where he was the center for Dan Marino.
“Our entire Jets family is saddened to learn of the passing of longtime standout Jets Marvin Powell and Jim Sweeney,” Jets owner Woody Johnson tweeted. Our thoughts today are their families.”
Powell, who lives in the Tampa, Florida area, lost touch with former teammates in recent years. Sweeney rose to the coaching ranks. He coached alongside Duquesne (2000-02) and Albany (2014-21) and served as an offensive line coach at both schools.
“It’s shocking to lose two former teammates who were so close,” former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker told ESPN Sunday morning.
“Marvin was my best friend when we played,” Walker said. “We were called together and he was the best man at my wedding. He was very smart, just a stuffed specimen in a field, and far from it was a teddy bear. A man’s darling.”
Walker described Sweeney as “a very stylish guy. He’s not flamboyant. He’s a very hard-working guy who comes to work and who you always look up to.”
Powell is survived by four children, Marvin III, Jackson, Americk and Veronica, and three grandchildren, Morgan, Josephine and Marvin IV.
Sweeney is left behind by his wife Julie and their five children: Shannon, Liam, Aisling, Killian and Tegan.