Cal U Football Player Jamain 'Juice' Stephens Passes Away

He was the son of former Steelers offensive tackle Jamain Stephens
Jamain Stephens
Jamain Stephens Photo credit University of California of Pennsylvania Athletics

A California University of Pennsylvania football player and Central Catholic alum Jamain Stephens has died due to COVID-19 complications.

The university made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

"Jamain was such a wonderful student with a smile on his face every time you saw him," said Athletic Director Dr. Karen Hjerpe. "His personality was contagious and he made such a positive impact on everyone he met."

Stephens was the son of former Bengals and Steelers offensive tackle Jamain Stephens. He was selected in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft.

Stephens, entering his senior year, played in 32 games for the Vulcans in his first three years at Cal U as a reserve defensive lineman and last season also played special teams.

While at Central Catholic, Stephens was named a second-team all-conference as a senior, a member of district championship team as a junior and senior. He also served as a member with Brothers and Sisters emerging and was also with My Brother’s Keeper and the Black Student Union.

Academically, Stephens was working toward his degree in business administration.

In a Facebook post, Central Catholic said he was commonly known by the nickname "Juice" and would still frequently attend games at his Alma mater.

Counseling Centers are currently available for students during this difficult time for the University.

Cal U Athletics have been suspended for the fall as a decision was made by the PSAC.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.