One of the most notable stars of the Jackson State University's program has unfortunately passed away. Rashard Anderson, a Hall of Fame inductee at JSU and former Carolina Panthers first-round pick, passed away at the age of 45. His alma mater announced his sudden death. Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson said this about Anderson in their statement.

“Rashard was one of the best players in the history of our football program and an outstanding person. He attended our spring football game in April and was excited about the program returning to championship status. Rashard will always be remembered by Jackson State University, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

No cause of death was given regarding Rashard Anderson's passing.

Anderson was one of the most critical members of the Jackson State Tigers' runs from 1996 – 1999. His notable achievements in college include a 1996 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship and 1996 SWAC Eastern Division title. His talent on the field as an elite cornerback led him to be drafted 23rd overall by the Panthers in 2000.

Rashard Anderson's time in the NFL with the Panthers was mired in controversy, however. After two years of play, Anderson was suspended by the NFL for violating their substance abuse policy. The JSU cornerback would be reinstated by the league by the end of the 2003, but received no offers from other teams after his release from Carolina.

After a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, Rashard Anderson retired from competitive play. He would spend the rest of his years as a substitute teacher and assistant football coach for a few high schools.