Former Iowa State defensive end Jason Berryman was found dead at his home on Wednesday after suffering multiple gunshots.
From the Sporting News:
A former standout football player for Iowa State has been found dead in his East Texas home.
Jefferson police said the body of Jason Thomas Berryman was found Wednesday with multiple gunshot wounds. Police have released few details of the investigation, but police Chief Joe C. Hall said no suspects have been identified.
Berryman was a standout football player that made plenty of mistakes in his past. He joined the team with so much talent, earning the Big 12‘s defensive newcomer of the year in 2003 and was also named the team’s most valuable player that season.
It went downhill mostly after that. In 2004, the DE pleaded guilty to assault and theft charges after assaulting two Iowa State students and stealing four dollars and a cell phone.
He rejoined the team after spending around eight months in jail, but was kicked off in 206 after being found at a bar under the legal age of 21.
Berryman did join the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2007 but was waived shortly after. He was also kicked off of the Iowa Barnstormers back in 2008 after committing an unknown team violation.
Despite his problematic past, former teammates like Brent Curvey told The Des Moines Register that he saw him differently.
“He always did good for others,” Curvey said. “I know a lot of that gets outweighed by whatever decisions he’s made, but he was just a good guy.”
Former head coach Dan McCarney also had this to say about him:
Former Iowa State coach Dan McCarney on Jason Berryman: “He feared nothing. He had this unbelievable competitive desire about him.”
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) January 10, 2014