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    Sad news:

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Heimerdinger, a veteran assistant in the NFL who coached players including Steve McNair, Jay Cutler and Vince Young, has died. He was 58.

    The Tennessee Titans confirmed Heimerdinger's death after talking with his family. He died Friday while in Mexico to receive experimental treatments for a rare form of cancer. He was offensive coordinator for the Titans when he was diagnosed with cancer in November 2010. "Mike approached cancer with the same vigor and tenacity that he approached any football game -- to win," Heimerdinger's wife, Kathie, said in a statement. "Even in the final minutes he never gave up -- that was our Dinger. He was a deeply devoted husband and father, loving son and brother, loyal friend and committed coach who loved the game and life."

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    another young football death. RIP.

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kent Hull, who served as Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's center during the Buffalo Bills' AFC title years in the early 1990s, has died. He was 50.

    Mississippi State University, where Hull played his college ball, announced he passed away on Tuesday afternoon. The cause of death was not immediately known. Hull was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during 11 seasons with the Bills. He was credited for playing a key role in helping run the team's no-huddle "K-Gun" offense. The Bills honored Hull in 2002 by placing his name on the Ralph Wilson Stadium's Wall of Fame.

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    Lombardi gets one of his players back:

    Offensive guard Gale Gillingham, a five-time Pro-Bowler and a native of Madison, Wis., died Thursday at the age of 67. Gillingham played 10 seasons for the Packers, who drafted him in the first round with the 13th overall pick in 1966 out of the University of Minnesota.

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    Lombardi gets one of his players back:

    Offensive guard Gale Gillingham, a five-time Pro-Bowler and a native of Madison, Wis., died Thursday at the age of 67. Gillingham played 10 seasons for the Packers, who drafted him in the first round with the 13th overall pick in 1966 out of the University of Minnesota.

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    Life is astounding. Three of the youngest of the famed Packer OL of the 60s - Ringo, Gillingham, and Kramer - all dead. And I was lucky enough to travel with Jerry Kramer a number of times, and he kept in great shape. OTOH, the two oldest - Forrest Gregg and Fuzzy Thurston are still alive. And Thurston is about the polar opposite of in shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chancellor View Post
    Life is astounding. Three of the youngest of the famed Packer OL of the 60s - Ringo, Gillingham, and Kramer - all dead. And I was lucky enough to travel with Jerry Kramer a number of times, and he kept in great shape. OTOH, the two oldest - Forrest Gregg and Fuzzy Thurston are still alive. And Thurston is about the polar opposite of in shape.
    You probably shouldn't tell Kramer he's dead:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Kramer

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    You probably shouldn't tell Kramer he's dead:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Kramer
    My bad - I mixed him up with Ron Kramer at TE.
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    Bizarre -- the 7th player from the 1994 SD Chargers team has died:


    SAN DIEGO -- Lew Bush, the former San Diego linebacker who played for the Chargers for seven seasons and was part of their lone Super Bowl team in 1994, died Thursday. He was 42.

    Bush, who also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, died of an apparent heart attack, the Chargers said in a statement.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/73...t-heart-attack

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    Freddie Solomon, who gave up his dream of being a professional quarterback to become an outstanding receiver for the Miami Dolphins and a San Francisco 49ers team that won two Super Bowls, died Monday in Tampa, Fla. He was 59.

    The 49ers announced his death. He had been treated for colon and liver cancer.

    Solomon lives in legend for a pass not thrown to him. It came with less than a minute to play in the National Football Conference championship game between the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 10, 1982. On a third-down passing play from the Dallas 6, Solomon was quarterback Joe Montana’s first option. But in tight coverage, Solomon slipped, and instead Montana found Dwight Clark in the end zone for the winning score on a reception that came to be called the Catch.


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    Former Giants RB and coach Alex Webster, 80, of lung cancer and emphysema.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/sp....html?_r=1&hpw

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    Wow, hard to believe he was last on a Cowboy sideline 10 years ago. The TV cameras loved him. RIP.


    Joe Avezzano, who helped the Dallas Cowboys win their last three Super Bowl titles as the colorful and acclaimed coach of their kicking and kick-return teams, died on Thursday in Milan, where he was the coach of the Milano Seamen of the Italian Football League. He was 68.

    The league said on its Web site that Avezzano had collapsed while running on a treadmill and had apparently died of heart failure.

    Milan, where Avezzano arrived last fall and was coaching his first season — the league plays from February to July — was the latest stop in a football life that lasted more than four decades. He was especially prominent and successful in Dallas, where he supervised special teams from 1990 to 2002.

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