Miami-Dade County

Former FIU and North Miami Beach football player killed in single car crash

Emmanuel Lubin, a starting cornerback for FIU, died Saturday night in a car accident
Emmanuel Lubin, a starting cornerback for FIU, died Saturday night in a car accident FIU Athletics

Emmanuel Lubin, a starting cornerback for FIU in 2018 and 2016, was killed in an early Sunday morning auto accident, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Lubin was 21.

According to FHP, Lubin lost control of his Toyota sedan as he headed north on the Florida Turnpike near the Northwest 74th Street exit. A spin put the car such that the driver’s side hit the guardrail on the right side of the highway. The car continued spilling until the driver’s side “collided into a metal pole structure supporting a traffic sign.”

No one else was in the car. Lubin wasn’t wearing his seat belt, FHP said. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue declared him dead on the scene.

The social media dismay from friends and teammates focused on Lubin as a person, not as a player.

As the latter, he came to FIU as a two and three-star recruit out of North Miami Beach High, the same high school that produced his brother, former NFL defensive back E.J. Biggers, and stepbrother, former Dolphins and Detroit defensive back Louis Delmas. Lubin started 23 of 45 games from 2015-18, had one interception and 11 pass breakups at FIU.

Former FIU teammate Tyree Johnson posted an emotional open letter to Lubin Sunday that said Lubin helped him “grow as a man just by talking to me and telling me the s--- I needed to hear...helping me get out of my depression stage when I was scared to tell anybody how I felt...

“Anybody who knows you would never say anything bad on your name because you literally lit up any room you were in...I never told you this because I assumed you knew, but you made me the man I am today. If it wasn’t for you, I’ll still be the same Teejayy from four yeas ago.”

Former teammate Fermin Silva Tweeted, “This just took everything out of me bro, like I can’t believe it still bra...”

“Tragically, we lost a great young man in Emmanuel Lubin last night,” FIU head coach Butch Davis said. “He was a hard worker, great teammate and was respected and loved by his teammates, coaches and staff at FIU. His character, work ethic and leadership were instrumental in leading our program to success these past two seasons. Our football program is mourning his loss and we will honor Emmanuel every day moving forward. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family. “

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.