David McMillan was a 6-foot-3, 262-pound “gentle giant,” Killeen head football coach Sam Jones remembered Tuesday.
McMillan, a former standout defensive lineman for the Kangaroos, was shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt Saturday morning in Decatur, Ga., NFL.com reported Monday.
“David was a great kid. Real mild-mannered, but very aggressive,” said Jones, who was the defensive coordinator at Killeen during McMillan’s time there. “A massive person, but just a gentle giant. (It was) just something you don’t expect to hear about.”
According to a story by CBS Cleveland, the 31-year-old McMillan was shot as he exited his vehicle in front of a residence in Decatur at about 3 a.m. EST. Witnesses reported seeing McMillan running from an unknown man before shots were fired. Police have not yet apprehended a suspect in the shooting.
Visitation will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kinsey and Walton Funeral Home in Augusta, Ga., and the funeral will be Saturday at noon at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta. Burial will immediately follow the service at Hillcrest Memorial Park, also in Augusta.
McMillan was a fifth-round draft pick (139th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2005 NFL draft. He played three seasons as a reserve outside linebacker and special teams player with the Browns from 2005-07. In 29 games for Cleveland, McMillan totaled eight tackles, including five solo.
“He was a good teammate,” Cleveland linebacker D’Qwell Jackson told the Akron Beach Journal on Monday. “He wouldn’t harm a fly. Outspoken guy. When he was here with the Browns, he developed relationships with big Ted Washington and Willie McGinest. It was a blast. It was fun being in that locker room with Dave.
“It’s just unfortunate. It’s sad news. He was too young and too good of a guy.”
He was a three-year starter at Kansas after graduating from Killeen in 2000. He started 36 of 47 games on the Jayhawks’ defensive line, recording 150 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 15 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recovering and two interceptions from 2001-04.
“He was fun to be around! I’m devasted (sic) by this senseless act!” former Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino tweeted. “Remembered for his big smile & quick wit! Great player too! Rest in Heaven!”
McMillan was one of two Kangaroos to sign with Kansas in 2000 and they joined a heavy contingent of local players already in Lawrence. McMillan and teammate Johnny McCoy both signed to play for the Jayhawks and joined former Ellison standouts David Winbush, Reggie Duncan and Carl Ivey, who were already on Kansas’ roster at the time.