Former Wildcat Alexander Passes Away

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State defensive end Elijah Alexander, who lettered for the Wildcats from 1988-1991, has passed away at the age of 39 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

A four-year letterman, Alexander was a team captain for the 1991 squad and finished his career with 234 total tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks. Following an appearance in the 1991 Senior Bowl, Alexander was drafted in the 10th round of the 1992 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay and went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Alexander began the Tackle Myeloma Foundation (TMF58) and the Tackle Cancer Foundation (TCF), which provides information, support, and financial aid to families and caregivers fighting Myeloma and childhood cancers.

The Wake and viewing will be Monday, March 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco, Texas. The Celebration of Life for Elijah Alexander will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

Alexander is survived by his wife Kimberly, two sons Elijah IV, age 14 and Evan, age 12, mother Camala Ridley, sister Carn Michelle Alexander, and brother Shannon Ridley.