Christopher Sign, an anchor for ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama and a former Alabama football player, has died, the station announced Saturday. He was 45.

"Our deepest sympathy is shared with Christopher's loving family and close friends," ABC 33/40 VP and general manager Eric Land said in a statement. "We have lost a revered colleague whose indelible imprint will serve forever as a hallmark of decency, honesty and journalist integrity. We can only hope to carry on his legacy. May his memory be for blessing." 

Sign was an offensive lineman for Alabama from 1994-1997, playing for Gene Stallings and Mike DuBose. Sign's wife, Laura, played volleyball at Alabama. The couple had three sons.