Andre Roberts, the youngest of the five children of legendary former Giants wideout and Hall of Famer Ron Roberts, died at age 88 on Thursday.
He was found dead at his home in Brooklyn, New York.
Roberts, who is the first of five children, grew up in rural West Virginia.
He was the oldest of five boys, a quarterback and defensive back at West Virginia State University.
He played college football at Marshall University and Southern Methodist University before attending a junior college in Houston.
He signed with the Houston Texans in 1992 and spent four seasons with the Texans before signing with the Giants in 1997.
Roberts’ wife, Dorothy, was a nurse at Memorial Hermann Hospital and had been a resident nurse at the hospital for the last two years.
He had been working as a medical intern at Memorial during the day and was home with his family at night.
The Giants released a statement to ESPN on Thursday, saying, “Andre was the nicest and most kind person to me and his family.
We all loved him, we are deeply saddened and heartbroken by this sad news.
We will miss him dearly and wish him every comfort and strength during this difficult time.”
The Giants released another statement: “We lost a member of our family in Andre Roberts on Thursday night.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.
We are working closely with the Texas Medical Examiner’s office to provide updates.”
Andre Roberts played two seasons for the Texans from 1999 to 2004, catching 54 passes for 786 yards and five touchdowns in 2001 and 2002.
He also had a career-high 15 interceptions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.