UNLV Football Defensive Lineman Ryan Keeler Dies at 20


by Jim Clayborn

Yet another seemingly healthy young person has passed away out of the blue. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) announced Monday evening that standout defensive lineman Ryan Keeler perished at age 20.

His cause of death is “unknown at this time.

Keeler was a sophomore player originally from Chicago and an academic All-Mountain West honoree who played in seven games for the Rebels last season.

Nazareth Academy in Chicago, where Keeler played his high school football, tweeted condolences to their fallen former player.

Keeler’s teammates also expressed their sorrow at his loss.

Keeler had just been named one of UNLV’s Players of the Week.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported:

UNLV defensive lineman Ryan Keeler died Monday in Las Vegas. He was 20.

No cause of death was given in a news release issued by UNLV.

“We are devastated to have lost a member of our Rebel family,” first-year football coach Barry Odom said in the release. “While I had the honor of knowing Ryan for only a couple of months, he already stood out to our coaching staff as an incredible person, student and teammate. Our condolences and prayers go out to Ryan’s family as we grieve along with them over this tremendous loss.”

Keeler, a 6-foot-6-inch, 275-pound sophomore from Chicago, played in seven games last season and had eight tackles and one sack.

He transferred from Rutgers before the season as a redshirt freshman. He was a three-star recruit after attending Nazareth Academy in Chicago.

“The UNLV family is in mourning today over the sudden loss of one of our own,” athletic director Erick Harper said. “Our hearts go out to all of Ryan’s family and friends along with his Rebel teammates.”

Keeler was an academic All-Mountain West honoree, holding a 3.80 GPA in pre-business. He was named Rebel of the Week on Feb. 12 by Odom during the team’s offseason training program.

Several current and former UNLV players posted condolences for Keeler’s family on their social media accounts.

“Words are hard to come by this evening as we grieve the sudden and tragic loss of UNLV student-athlete Ryan Keeler,” UNLV president Keith E. Whitfield said. “My sincere condolences are with Ryan’s family, friends, loved ones and teammates during this very difficult time.”


Many unexplained deaths among young athletes have been occuring with startling regularity – and in nearly all cases without explanation or prior medical histories among the victims.

Former Detroit Lions and XFL linebacker Jessie Lemonier ‘died suddenly’ recently. He was 25.

Jordan Brister, 17, a high school junior died on Jan. 3 when he experienced sudden cardiac arrest. He was found inside one of the school’s bathrooms after gym class.

Another student. Ashari Hughes, just 16died during a flag football game at school, a “sudden cardiac death” just one day before Brister died.

And on January 10, Air Force Academy cadet Hunter Brown, 21 – a standout athlete on the Air Force football team – suddenly collapsed died after he collapsed while walking to class.

And most recently, on January 31, 18-year-old Cartier Woods was playing basketball with his teammates at Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan. Just three minutes into a game against Detroit Douglass, Woods told his coach, George Tyson, that he wasn’t feeling well.

Rushed to the hospital after losing consciousness, Woods later died from what what called a “cardiac arrest.”

All five had been fully vaccinated and “boosted,” per NFL, school, and U.S. military requirements at the time.

UNLV Athletics not only mandated COVID shots for all players – but until February 2022 mandated that all fans be vaccinated at basketball games as well.

So Keeler was almost certainly fully vaccinated and boosted.

We are just supposed to accept these untold numbers of athletes, all around the globe, cut down in their prime, for the first time ever…and ask no questions about WHY.


3 thoughts on “UNLV Football Defensive Lineman Ryan Keeler Dies at 20

  1. Can the families of the deceased go after the school for mandating the killer klot shot? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that’s what they died from. As for the naysayers that will point out that other students & athletes that got the shot are still alive & doing well, ask them if they know what a double blind controlled study is? They should thank their lucky stars that half of those that “participated” in the live experiment received the placebo so as to by which compare the results. A college education doesn’t mean much these days as is evidenced by their silence.

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