COLUMBUS — Colts fans are grieving their friend, the team’s defensive tackle, who died Sunday after suffering a fatal heart attack, and who would have celebrated his birthday on a Sunday.
Brian Enos, 25, was an assistant coach with the Colts from 2008 to 2010.
His funeral will be held on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Indianapolis, where he had a home, said Colts owner Jim Irsay.
“He was a guy who was a good friend, who loved the game and he wanted to be a part of it, and he did,” Irsary said.
Enos’ mother, Linda Enos-Hodges, said her son had been working out with the team, which is a good thing.
“It’s been a tough time for us all. “
He was just a sweet guy and very humble.”
“It’s been a tough time for us all.
We’ve lost a brother, a brother-in-law, a husband, a son, a sister,” she added.
The Colts announced Sunday that Enos had passed away in his sleep.
He was an excellent person and we’ll miss him dearly,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement.
At a news conference Monday, the Indianapolis Police Department confirmed Enos’ death.
In his final moments, Enos was on his way to a car to drop off a friend when he suddenly lost consciousness.
A nurse called 911 and paramedics transported Enos to the hospital.
There was no immediate word on how he died.
Enos, a member of the Colts’ practice squad, was a first-team All-Pro for three seasons in 2008 and 2009, when he was drafted in the fifth round by the Colts.
He was a five-year starter and a five the team was considered among the best in the NFL.
After four seasons in Indianapolis he moved to Oakland, where his career ended with the Raiders in 2016.
He had a career of 671 tackles, 13.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles, and was a member, along with tackle Vince Wilfork, of the Pro Bowl, and four of the five All-Star games.