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Former Notre Dame standout Louis Nix III found dead

Field Level Media
28 Feb 2021, 14:19 GMT+10

Former Notre Dame standout and NFL defensive lineman Louis Nix III has been found dead after his car was pulled from a pond in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Nix, reported missing earlier in the day, was last seen at his father's home in Jacksonville on Tuesday, according to a missing persons' flyer posted by his family.

Nix was shot in an attempted robbery in December when he said he was putting air into his vehicle's tires at a Jacksonville gas station.

Nix posted the following on Twitter on Dec. 9: "I'm alive everyone. The bullet that hit me ricocheted off my sternum into my lung. Surgery is the next step so keep praying for me. Thank you all for the positive energy and prayers."

On Dec. 19, Nix posted that he was released from the hospital.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was among the many people putting out the call for help on Saturday.

"NOTRE DAME Nation: Let's all do our best to reach out and connect with Louis Nix. Louis, let us know you are doing alright or that you may need your NOTRE DAME family and friends for assistance," Kelly tweeted.

Nix, a nose guard, recorded 122 tackles in 34 games (30 starts) over three seasons (2011-13) for the Fighting Irish. He had 14 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks.

Nix recorded career highs of 50 tackles and 7.5 stops for losses in 2012. He was limited to eight games in 2013 due to a knee injury.

Nix was a third-round selection (83rd overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.

He spent 2014 on injured reserve and the Texans waived him shortly before the start of the 2015 campaign.

The New York Giants picked him up and he played in four games that season. He played 22 defensive snaps and 16 more on special teams.

The Giants waived Nix just before the start of the 2016 season. He later spent time on the practice squads of Washington and Jacksonville in 2016.

--Field Level Media

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