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    Former NFL player in memoriam thread

    Dave Duerson, a safety on Ditka's Bears, including the incredible 1985 team, was found dead yesterday at age 50.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik View Post
    Dave Duerson, a safety on Ditka's Bears, including the incredible 1985 team, was found dead yesterday at age 50.

    I was stunned when I heard earlier today. Another member of the '85 Bears gone. He also played on the '90 Giants SB winning team.

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    Duerson apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. His brain will be studied as part of the ongoing research into post-career effects of concussions.

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    HOF RB Ollie Matson, 80. Once traded for NINE players.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik View Post
    Duerson apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. His brain will be studied as part of the ongoing research into post-career effects of concussions.
    Whoa! He was engaged and had a nice life as a radio host -- WTF?? That's awful news.

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    we missed it due to the RJ move, but Cookie Gilchrist passed away at age 75 on Jan. 10.


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    Ricky Bell, former defensive back for Jacksonville and Chicago died Feb. 17 in Columbia, S.C. He was 36. No cause of death was given.

    Bell was a captain at North Carolina State and played three seasons in the NFL, one in NFL Europe, and another in the XFL before joining the CFL in 2001.

    In Canada, he played for Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Montreal before leaving the league in 2007. His career ended in 2008 with the Arena Football League’s Georgia Force.

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    Shawn Lee, who made up half of the Chargers' "Two Tons of Fun" defensive tackle duo in the mid-1990s and started in the club's only Super Bowl, died Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., according to the Chargers. He was 44.

    A cause of death was not known, the team said.

    He is the sixth member of the Chargers' lone Super Bowl team (1994) to die. Linebacker David Griggs was killed in a 1995 car crash at 28; running back Rodney Culver was in a fatal plane crash in 1996 at 26; linebacker Doug Miller died after being struck by lightning in 1998 at 28; offensive lineman Curtis Whitley died of a drug overdose in 2008 at 39, and defensive lineman Chris Mims died of heart failure in 2008 at 38.

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    Gary Wichard, a longtime sports agent who represented some of the NFL's biggest stars, died Friday morning at the age of 60.
    Wichard passed away from complications brought on by diabetes and pancreatic cancer at his home in Westlake Village, Calif., according to a statement.

    The Brooklyn, N.Y., native opened his sports agency, Protect Management, in 1980, building it into one of the most successful of its kind. He represented numerous NFL stars, including New York Jets linebacker Jason Taylor, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs

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    Sad news. Hill was an exciting receiver who was paired with Haywood Jeffires and Ernest Givins in the Oiler run n'shoot offenses of the 1980s:

    Former Oilers wide receiver Drew Hill has passed away at the age of 54. On Friday we wrote that Hill was hospitalized with a “brain-related condition.”

    John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Hill died from two massive strokes.

    Former teammate Warren Moon played with Hill during the Oilers’ run-and-shoot era.

    “I’m shocked,” Moon said. “I can’t believe it. Drew meant so much to us as a player and as a person. I counted on him so much. He was the consummate professional. It’s just so sad.”

    Hill spent five seasons with the Rams before joining the Oilers in 1985. He had never caught more than 19 passes in a season until he went to Houston, where he snagged 64 balls his first year.
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