Lorenzo Taliaferro, who played for two seasons with Baltimore Ravens as a running back, has passed away on Wednesday due to a heart attack in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The saddening news was made public via a spokesperson with the York County Sheriff’s Office, who revealed that Taliaferro was taken to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in his hometown of Williamsburg around 3:07 pm on 16th December, where he was announced dead.
“Earlier today, December 16, 2020, at approximately 3:07 pm Deputies were dispatched to the 100 Block of Windsor Lane for a call of someone needing medical attention. Medics also arrived and transported the patient to a local hospital where he later passed away. Lorenzo Taliaferro was 28 years old. We cannot release any medical information. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” the official Facebook page of York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office wrote.
Lorenzo Taliaferro was “hard-nosed and loyal”, says High school coach
Taliaferro’s football career kicked off with the Bruton High football team that made it to the 2009 Group AA Division 3 state final, where they lost to Northside of Roanoke 20-17.
As a senior, he ran for 1,678 yards and scored 21 touchdowns, followed by a graduation to Coastal Carolina where he was picked by Ravens as a fourth round draft pick in 2014.
“What made Lorenzo great was that he was typical of so many Bruton players then, in that he was hard-nosed and loyal,” Kyle Neve, who coached Taliaferro in his first high school season with Bruton said.
“He didn’t ask questions about why you were doing something, he just did it and did it the best he could,” Neve added, “that, and his talent, led to his success.”
During his stint with Ravens that spun from 2014 to 2016, Taliaferro made 19 appearances and ran for 339 yards in addition to scoring five touchdowns. Unfortunately, his stay at the M&T Bank Stadium was rigged with injuries and he spent much of his time at the club in the injury reserve list.
Taliaferro, who became a fullback in 2017, was released by the Ravens in September the same year and in the next year, he signed up with Canadian Football League side Hamilton Tiger-Cats but was released in June after staying with the practice squad.