Former West Virginia Mountaineers football player David Saunders was questioned by police in Florida on Tuesday morning after a deadly shooting. While he was not arrested, Saunders stated another man charged at him with a knife and that he shot the firearm in self defense. Tampa’s spokesperson for the sheriff, Larry McKinnon, stated “two men were involved in a verbal altercation and one fired a round at the other, killing him.” McKinnon said the man charged at Saunders with an 8-inch kitchen knife and then began to engage in a fight.
Saunders played for WVU in the 1995-1998 seasons where he sat records for receiving yards and receptions. Those records have since been broken but he remains at the top of the list for Mountaineer fans in those categories. At 37 years old, Saunders is now a personal trainer after playing for the New Jersey Red Dogs and the Tampa Storm (where he earned MVP in 2002) in the Arena Football League.