Antonio Armstrong

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Antonio Armstrong
No. 58
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Birth name: Antonio Donnell Shorter
Date of birth: (1973-10-15)October 15, 1973
Place of birth: Houston, Texas, U.S.
Date of death: July 29, 2016(2016-07-29) (aged 42)
Place of death: Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Kashmere
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Defensive PoY (2000)
  • CFL East All-Star (2000)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Antonio Donnell Armstrong (born Antonio Donnell Shorter; October 15, 1973 – July 29, 2016) was an American football linebacker who played professionally in the National Football League and the Canadian Football League.

High school and college[edit]

Armstrong started at Kashmere High School and signed with nearby Texas A&M. As a junior at A&M, Armstrong earned Defensive Player of the Game honors after making eight tackles and three sacks in the 1994 Cotton Bowl Classic against Notre Dame. Armstrong earned AP All-America honors his senior year (1994) after making 62 tackles, including 17 behind the line of scrimmage as a senior. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award that year, and was a two-time All-SWC selection.

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Armstrong was drafted in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but fractured his ankle on the third day of training camp and was signed to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad on October 15, 1995. On October 16, he was signed to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad and placed on the active roster a week later. Armstrong appeared in four games that season for the Dolphins and recorded four solo tackles. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams the following year, but was released after training camp.

Canadian Football League[edit]

Armstrong signed with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1998 and made an immediate impact as a starter for two seasons with the team. In 2000, Armstrong was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was Winnipeg's defensive player of the year and an East Division All-star in 2000. On October 15, 2000 Armstrong suffered a career ending fracture of his left ankle. He attempted to return to the NFL, but was limited because of his injury. Armstrong eventually re-signed with the Bombers in September 2001 and started the 2001 Grey Cup game. Armstrong decided to retire in 2002 because of a contract dispute and physical limitations due to his injury suffered in 2000.


Armstrong was shot along with his wife, Dawn Armstrong,[1] in Houston, Texas, on July 29, 2016. Dawn was pronounced dead at the scene in her bedroom. Antonio was transported to Memorial Hermann in critical condition and later died.[2] Their 16-year-old son AJ was charged with murder.[3]


  1. ^ "Story of Antonio and Dawn Armstrong". July 29, 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Report: Former Texas A&M LB Antonio Armstrong and his wife shot by son". The Dallas Morning News. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "16-year-old charged with shooting his parents near Bellaire". KAGS. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 

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