Former local semi-pro football player, victim in I-95 wreck, dies

Photos courtesy Claudia Sledge

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Rodney Sledge, a member of the Petersburg Lions semi-pro football team who was seriously injured in a crash on I-95 in Chesterfield County last month, succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

Sledge’s mother, Claudia Sledge, confirmed his passing Monday night. She said she and other family members were at the hospital when he died Monday morning.

“He was loved by so many people,” C. Sledge said of her son.

Photo courtesy Claudia Sledge.

Rodney Sledge, 40, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries on March 29 after he was ejected from his vehicle during a crash on I-95 in Chesterfield County. According to Virginia State Police, a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was travelling northbound at a high rate of speed when it lost control while changing multiple lanes and struck Sledge’s 2007 Nissan Armanda, causing it to overturn. R. Sledge suffered life-threatening injuries after being ejected.

R. Sledge played football locally at George Wythe High School before graduating in 1993. After attending the University of Maryland, R. Sledge returned home and, according to his mother, has been playing competitively for “many years.”

He was most recently a member of the Petersburg Lions and previously played for the Richmond Raiders.

Marlow Jones, head coach of the Petersburg Lions, posted the following on his Facebook page Monday evening:


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