Former NFL star Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were viciously murdered by his son, AJ Anderson, on July 29, after shooting them in their own Houston home. Click through to learn more about the sports hero whose life was ended brutally, far too soon.
1. He was a huge star at Texas A&M
Antonio Armstrong was a letterman linebacker who player for the Aggies from 1991-1994. The university released a statement on July 29, after his death, saying that he was the cornerstone of the legendary “Wrecking Crew” defense. He was
2. He was an All-American player in college
In 1994, Antonio led the Southwestern Conference in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss, and was named a first-team Associated Press All-America linebacker.
3. He was drafted into the NFL in 1995
Antonio’s time in the NFL was short, due to a variety of serious injuries. He was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the draft in 1995, but let go in training camp after fracturing his ankle. He then signed with the Miami Dolphins and played just four games that season, but landed four solo tackles in those appearances. He then signed with the St. Louis Rams.
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) July 30, 2016
4. He also played for the Canadian Football League
Antonio left the NFL and signed with the Canadian Football League in 1998, joining the British Columbia Lions. He played starter as a linebacker with the team for two seasons, then was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He became defensive player of the year and an East Division All-star in 2000. He retired from the CFL in 2002 after experiencing limitations from an ankle fracture in 2000.
5. He owned a chain of training facilities in Houston
After retiring from the CFL, Antonio and his wife opened up a chain of training facilities/gyms in their hometown called First Class Training. The gyms are incredibly popular with athletes in the area.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with the Armstrong family during this horrible time.