James Glee, 29, of East Haven, was riding on the Sisson Avenue off-ramp in Hartford, around 1 a.m., when he was hit by an SUV and thrown onto a parking lot below.
The driver of the SUV was not hurt, police said.
The biography on the Hofstra Web site says that Glee was a defensive back and was named to All-Connecticut team as a junior, selected to an all-area and all-league in 1998 and was named as most valuable player as a junior.
State police are investigating. No charges have been filed.