Jeff Modesitt
No. 82     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: January 1, 1964(1964-01-01)
Place of birth: Terre Haute, Indiana
Date of death: August 3, 1990(1990-08-03) (aged 26)
Place of death: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Delaware
Undrafted in 1987
Debuted in 1987 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last played in 1987 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 1987)
*Offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
* Associated Press Honorable mention All-America honors (1986)
Career NFL statistics as of 1987
Games played     1
Stats at

Jeffrey A. Modesitt (January 1, 1964 — August 3, 1990) was an American football tight end who played for one season in the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 1987. He played in one game for the Buccaneers in 1987.

College careerEdit

Modesitt played college football for the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens from 1984 to 1986. In 1985 he started six games and recorded 11 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. He started 12 games in 1986 and had 28 receptions for 456 yards and three touchdowns.[1] In his senior year, he was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-America, second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference, and second-team All-Yankee Conference player. He also earned the Vincent "Winnie" Mayer Outstanding Senior End Award in 1986.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Modesitt was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 15, 1987.[3] He was released before the start of the season on August 5, 1987,[4] but was re-signed and played in one game for the team in 1987.

He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts after the 1987 season, but was waived on July 27, 1988.[5] Modesitt was signed by the Cleveland Browns on August 1, 1988.[6] He spent the season on the team's injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury.[7]

Modesitt was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on March 23, 1989,[8] but was waived on May 26, 1989.[9]

Car accidentEdit

On December 19, 1989, Modesitt got into a car accident in Lawrenceville, Georgia, which killed Atlanta Falcons player Brad Beckman, who was the passenger in the car. Modessitt was the driver, and his car bumped into another car. Modesitt got out of the vehicle to survey the damage, and a tractor trailer rig hit his car, with Beckman still inside, and him.[10] Beckman was killed instantly, while Modesitt suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured elbow, fractured leg, concussion, and had to have a toe amputated.[1]


Modesitt was shot and killed on August 3, 1990, in Atlanta, Georgia, outside a Waffle House restaurant. He was 26 years old.[1]


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  2. "All-Time Honors". University of Delaware Athletics. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  3. "Bucs' roster hits all-time high of 120 with four more signings". St. Petersburg Times. May 15, 1987. Retrieved 2012-06-17. (subscription required)
  4. "Nelson's Nose to Grindstone". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. August 6, 1987.,645175. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  5. "Transactions". The Southeast Missourian. July 27, 1988.,3247268. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  6. "Deals". USA Today. August 1, 1988. Retrieved 2012-06-17. (subscription required)
  7. "Free Agent Swaps Mixed for Falcons". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. April 9, 1989. Retrieved 2012-06-17. (subscription required)
  8. "Cox Meets With Thrift, Keeps Trade Talk Alive". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 23, 1989. Retrieved 2012-06-17. (subscription required)
  9. "Sports News Briefs; Car Crash Kills Falcon Tight End". New York Times. December 19, 1989. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  10. "2nd Falcon in 4 weeks is killed in car accident". The Milwaukee Sentinel. December 19, 1989.,6519409. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
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