A senior executive with the Miami Dolphins football franchise died suddenly Saturday at 47, according to a team announcement. The team made the announcement during Saturday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“It is with profound sadness that I share the news that Jason Jenkins, Dolphins SVP of Communications and Community Affairs, has passed away,” said Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel. “Our hearts are broken and grieving the loss of a man who was a dear friend and beloved by so many people.”
Garfinkel noted Jenkins faithfully served the Dolphins organization for 14 years, calling him a beacon for his community and a champion for others. He added that Jenkins treated people with kindness and dignity that left a lasting mark on everyone he met.
Jenkins is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and three children.
The Houston native joined the Dolphins in 2009 after spending seven years with the San Francisco 49ers and rose to become senior vice president of communications for the fish.
“I’m here to tell you, it won’t be your geography that marks your journey,” Jenkins said in a 2018 speech delivered at his alma mater, Texas Tech. “It’ll be three things: the depth of your relationships, the foundation of your values and the courage of your decision-making. So my career, and life, has been awesome.”
Dolphins Head Coach Mike McDaniel became emotional when talking about Jenkins shortly after telling his team of Jenkins’ death, according to an Associated Press report. He extolled Jenkins’ virtues, praising his work ethic, his professionalism and his wardrobe.
“This was a healthy, healthy guy that just brought it every day. … Just full of life,” McDaniel said tearily. “That’s the hardest part. There’s just no words to describe. He has a great family. His wife’s awesome, and his children. It’s tough. It’s a tough one to swallow.”
“He will be missed,” added the coach. “He will not be forgotten, I can tell you that much.”
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