Curtis Whitley passed away sometime on Sunday. He was only 39.
All of what I do know of this man is posted over at the Charlotte Observer website. He was the starting center for the Panthers for their first 24 games before he was suspended by the NFL for personal substance abuse issues. He was released at the end of the 1996 season after having previously signed a 3 year contract.
No matter his NFL career, he was a man earning a living, and he leaves behind a family who loved him very much.
RIP Curtis Whitley, 10-May-1969 to 11-May-2008.