Quincy Monk, a standout linebacker at North Carolina who went on to play three seasons in the NFL, died on Tuesday after a months-long fight with cancer. He was 36.
Monk, a native of Jacksonville, N.C., played at UNC from 1998-2001. As a senior in 2001, he made 125 tackles and played a leading role on a defense that helped lead the Tar Heels to a victory against Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
He played in the NFL with the New York Giants and Houston Texans. Monk suffered a stroke in 2014 and had recovered from it before being diagnosed more than three months ago with adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
UNC honored Monk before its victory against Wake Forest on Oct. 17. Monk before that game also addressed the team.
“In the brief time I knew him, it became clear how great of person he was, how much this university meant to him and how much this football program was part of his life,” Larry Fedora, the UNC coach, said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lisa, and his two beautiful children, Naomi and Aiden.”