JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) -Quincy Monk, a White Oak High School graduate, former UNC player and NFL linebacker died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, but his legacy still lives on.
WNCT spoke with those who knew him and say his positive outlook on life was what made him so special.
Monk stood out both on the football field and at home as family man.
As an athlete with both a tremendous skill and heart, those who grew up with him say his morals never changed.
“Really have a lot of fond memories of growing up with Q,” said Jones Angell, a childhood friend.
Angell is the Tar Heels current play-by-play announcer for Carolina football and basketball and grew up with Quincy in Jacksonville.
“I remember Quincy as a football player certainly, and he was a great all-around player for White Oak when he played there,” said Angell.
While a standout for White Oak High School in the late 90’s, after graduation he played for UNC where he was a key player.
“He focused in on the defensive side of the ball here at Carolina and was really one of the big parts of a really good Carolina defense in 2001.”
After his time at UNC he spent two years with the Giants, and later with the Texans.
But his life changed when doctors diagnosed him with stomach cancer earlier this year at 36-years-old. .
Folks who knew him best say they were surprised.
“If it could happen to Quincy it could happen to absolutely anyone this was a guy in terrific physical condition,” said Angell.
Angell says despite Monk’s size standing at 6’3 and 250 lbs., he was always one of the kind ones.
“To be such an imposing person he was such a kind person and had a good heart,” said Angell.
Monk died Tuesday due to an infection he suffered following surgery to put stints in his blood vessels that were collapsing after chemo.
But Angell hopes those who didn’t know his childhood friend will remember the type of man Monk always tried to be.
“First and foremost, he was a first class person, that’s what mattered number one about Quincy, is the way he treated other people, how kind he was, the quality of person quality of family man, that was the number one important part about Quincy Monk.”
He leaves behind his family of two young children Naomi and Aiden and his wife Lisa.
Coaches from across the country who met Monk during his time in high school, college and NFL football have all been tweeting about their condolences for Monk’s family.
Folks at White Oak High School held a moment of silence at their basketball game Tuesday night to honor Monk’s remembrance.