Kelly Malveaux, a four-year starter who played cornerback at Arizona from 1994-97, has passed away, according to social media posts by his former Wildcat teammates Joe Salave’a and Brandon Sanders.
The cause for Malveaux’s death is undisclosed. He was 47.
“This has been a hard day from the moment I got the news to the few that I’ve been in touch with,” Sanders wrote. “My lil bro Kelly Malveaux, K1, for those that really knew him, has passed away. Best DB footwork in the game. Long Beach Poly finest! RIH fam.”
Malveaux was selected an All-Pac-10 second-team player as a sophomore in 1995. He started every game his last three seasons at Arizona and 39 overall.
He earned a degree in psychology with a minor in African-American studies in his time at Arizona with Dick Tomey as the head coach.
“Gone too soon,” Salave’a stated. “A great teammate & family man. Prayers to the Melveaux family & to all my Wildcat Uso’s. Til we meet again.”
After playing in the World Football League for the Amsterdam Admirals in 1998 and 1999, Malveaux played in the CFL from 1999 to 2009. His longest stint was with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2006 to 2009.