JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Quincy Monk, a former White Oak High School, UNC and NFL player, who was battling cancer has died.
We caught up with Quincy about a month ago. Monk had been in the fight of his life, recovering from a massive stroke in June and diagnosed with stage four cancer in July.
He had been aggressively fighting the cancer, until a recent infection, which took his life. Quincy will be remember as a football player, father, husband and a friend.
He was 36 years old.
North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora said "I am deeply saddened to learn of Quincy's passing this afternoon. Quincy came and spoke to the team earlier this year before our Wake Forest game. In the brief time I knew him, it became clear how great of person he was, how much this University meant to him and how much this football program was part of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lisa, and his two beautiful children, Naomi and Aiden."
A native of Jacksonville, N.C., Monk played for the Tar Heels from 1998-2001. He was a senior on the 2001 squad that won the Peach Bowl over Auburn and finished 15th in the nation in total defense. That season, he had 125 tackles, eight pass breakups, forced a team-high three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had two interceptions. Monk started the final 22 games of his career and was drafted in the seventh round by the New York Giants. He played three seasons in the NFL for the Giants and the Houston Texans.