American Football Players in History

Events in Sport

  • 0864-07-25 The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings.
  • 1953-10-18 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • 1959-02-27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 1965-01-02 NY Jets sign quarterback Joe Namath
  • 1975-12-28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 1981-08-18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • 1982-09-21 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
  • 1984-10-22 NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-02 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1986-01-01 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-01-11 "The Drive" game: trailing Cleveland Browns 20-13 with 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game, Denver quarterback John Elway drives his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie, Broncos then win in overtime advancing to Super Bowl XXI

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1987-09-22 NFL players go on strike for 24 days
  • 1987-09-27 NFL players' strike begins in the US
  • 1987-10-15 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike
  • 1988-03-24 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • 1989-01-13 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • 1989-01-27 Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student
  • 1989-09-10 Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
  • 1990-11-12 "The Body Bag Game" - after Eagles coach Buddy Ryan threatens beating Redskins so badly "they'll have to be carted off in body bags" the Eagles defense score 3 touchdowns winning 28–14, knocking 8 Redskins out of the game
  • 1991-01-26 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame
  • 1991-07-08 Major league umpire Steve Palermo & former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann were shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • 1994-06-15 NY Giants cut quarterback Phil Simms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995-04-18 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1996-12-22 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
  • 1997-12-21 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
  • 1999-01-17 "The Miss", NFC Championship Game; Minnesota Viking Gary Anderson misses field goal fourth quarter allowing Atlanta Falcons to tie and eventually win in overtime, despite becoming 1st kicker to finish the regular season without missing
  • 2013-01-12 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos trail Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.
  • 2016-11-29 Former NFL player Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in prison for a series of rapes
  • 2016-12-01 Former NFL player Joe McKnight is shot and killed during a road rage incident in Terrytown, Louisiana

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,399

  • 1895-09-15 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (d. 1974)
  • 1903-03-27 Walt Kiesling, NFL guard/coach (HOF)
  • 1903-04-24 Mike Michalske, NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1910-04-08 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-01-31 Don Hutson, American football player and the first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914-03-17 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914-07-25 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1915-12-29 Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)
  • 1916-04-11 Dan Fortmann, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1919-03-31 Frank Akins, American football player (d. 1993)
  • 1920-06-04 Marion Motley, NFL running back (all-time leading AAFC rusher)
  • 1921-10-05 Bill Willis, AAFC, NFL guard (Cleveland Browns)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-12-06 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1923-02-23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1923-05-21 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1924-06-19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1924-09-11 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mission, Texas (d. 2000)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1925-01-01 George Conner, NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1925-03-18 Don Paul, American football player (LA Rams), (d. 2015)
  • 1925-05-01 Chuck Bednarik, Penn, NFL hall of fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia)
  • 1925-06-05 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (d. 2013)
  • 1925-12-06 Andy Robustelli, NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants)
  • 1926-01-05 Claude (Buddy) Young, NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts)
  • 1927-01-02 Gino Marchetti, NFL defensive end (Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts)
  • 1927-05-20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • 1927-09-17 George Blanda, Penn, NFL kicker/quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders)
  • 1928-04-16 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)
  • 1928-12-20 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • 1929-05-07 Babe Parilli, American football player
  • 1930-01-17 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-05-10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1930-10-04 Bill Wade, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-27 Bill George, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, LA Rams)
  • 1931-02-18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-12-16 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 1932-01-01 Jackie Parker, American football player (d. 2006)
  • 1932-01-19 Joe Schmidt, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker (Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-07-16 Max McGee, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1932-07-21 Ernie Warlick, American football player
  • 1932-10-20 Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1932-10-24 Johnny Lattner, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933-12-10 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1934-01-09 Bart Starr, NFL quarterback/coach (Green Bay)
  • 1934-03-26 Gino Cappelletti, ORFU, AFL running back (AFL Player of Year 1964)
  • 1934-04-03 Jim Parker, NFL guard, tackle (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1934-07-24 Willie Davis, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay)
  • 1934-08-23 Sonny Jurgensen, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins)/sportscaster
  • 1934-10-04 Sam Huff, NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
  • 1935-01-26 Henry Jordan, Emporia Va, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland, Green Bay)
  • 1935-05-25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football player
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, NFL running back/wide receiver (Browns, Redskins)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-02-17 Jim Brown, American NFL running back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-12-29 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • 1937-03-21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback/coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1937-09-19 Abner Haynes, American football player
  • 1938-03-04 Don Perkins, American football player
  • 1938-09-22 Gene Mingo, American football player
  • 1938-12-09 [David] Deacon Jones, NFL defensive end (LA, SD, Washington), (d. 2013)
  • 1939-07-05 Booker Edgerson, American football player
  • 1939-07-24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1939-12-14 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player 1st African American to win Heisman Trophy (1961)
  • 1940-02-15 John Hadl, American football player
  • 1940-04-18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-06-17 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1940-08-29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), (d. 2013)
  • 1940-12-02 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1940-12-15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • 1941-03-28 Jim Turner, American football player
  • 1941-04-18 Walter Francis Sweeney, Cohasset, Massachusetts, NFL Guard (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2013)
  • 1941-04-27 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player
  • 1941-08-18 Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)
  • 1941-09-28 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • 1941-11-22 Jacques LaPerriere, NHL defensive Hall of Famer
  • 1941-12-30 Mel Renfro, American football player
  • 1942-01-25 Carl Eller, American football player
  • 1942-02-05 Roger Staubach, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1942-03-07 Al[bert] Tanara, WLAF defensive coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1942-11-28 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)
  • 1942-12-09 Dick Butkus, NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears)/sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-02-05 Craig Morton, NFL quarterback (Dallas, Denver), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1943-02-23 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943-05-30 Gale Sayers, NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Wichita, Kansas

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1943-07-04 Emerson Boozer, NFL running back (NY Jet)/sportscaster
  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, Evanston, Ill, NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1945-02-03 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1945-02-09 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • 1945-04-13 Bob Kalsu, American football player (d. 1970)
  • 1945-08-07 Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1945-08-15 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • 1945-08-23 Rayfield Wright, American football player
  • 1945-11-25 George Webster, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1945-12-25 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946-01-06 Harold Jackson, Hattiesburg, MS, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl)
  • 1946-02-09 Vince Papale, American football player
  • 1946-03-05 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1946-07-16 Ron Yary, American football player
  • 1946-08-09 Jim Kiick, American football player
  • 1946-08-25 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1946-09-08 L.C. Greenwood, American football player, (d. 2013)
  • 1946-09-18 Otis Sistrunk, American football player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1919-08-16 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

HeartWedding of Interest

1938-04-10 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

HeartWedding of Interest

1954-11-20 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

HeartWedding of Interest

1955-07-02 NFL placekicker Pat Summerall (25) weds Kathy Jacobs

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-12-22 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

HeartWedding of Interest

1961-06-26 NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

HeartWedding of Interest

1962-06-10 NFL running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-07-07 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

HeartWedding of Interest

1981-07-01 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-03-03 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-01-30 NFL Quarterback Dan Marino (23) weds Claire Veazey at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1985-02-24 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace
  • 1985-12-14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)
  • 1986-10-18 NFL player Frank Gifford (56) marries 3rd wife Kathie Lee Johnson (35)

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-09-08 NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • 1995-04-22 "Extra" TV co-host Arthel Neville (32) weds Carolina Panther running back Derrick Lassic (25) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • 1995-06-10 Actress-singer Holly Robinson (30) weds NFL Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Rodney Peete (29) in Los Angeles
  • 1996-05-18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo
  • 1996-07-14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-03-17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2001-06-09 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2002-06-06 Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary
  • 2004-03-03 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2004-06-20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • 2005-06-22 "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson Peete (40) weds former pro quarterback Rodney Peete (39) in an outdoor ceremony held at the Wynn Las Vegas resort
  • 2007-07-22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California
  • 2008-04-19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2008-06-14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2008-09-22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-02-26 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2009-06-27 "Playboy Playmate" model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds NFL player beau Hank Baskett (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California
  • 2009-08-29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green
  • 2010-07-02 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • 2010-07-17 Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles
  • 2011-05-28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas
  • 2011-07-23 "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township
  • 2012-06-30 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (32) weds longtime girlfriend Kijfa Frink at the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 2012-07-04 NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin
  • 2012-12-17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin
  • 2013-06-08 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nasvhille, Tennessee
  • 2016-04-16 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2016-07-06 NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1934-05-23 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1972-06-26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003-12-29 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2012-08-14 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married

Deaths in Sport

Deaths 1 - 100 of 116

  • 1920-12-14 George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1963-05-10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • 1963-05-18 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player (1st African American to win Heisman Trophy) (b. 1939) dies of leukemia aged 23
  • 1970-06-16 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 1970-07-21 Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • 1973-03-26 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1974-04-21 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1983-03-25 Bob Waterfield, American football player (b. 1920)
  • 1986-05-11 Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
  • 1987-04-03 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • 1990-03-15 Tom Harmon, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 1992-05-14 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (Raiders), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1992-06-25 Jerome Brown, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagle), dies in car crash at 27
  • 1992-07-16 Buck Buchanan, NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), dies at 51

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1994-12-31 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1997-06-26 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1998-03-08 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • 1998-07-05 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1998-09-27 Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1999-11-01 Walter Payton, American Football Hall of Fame Running Back, dies at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 2000-01-04 Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2000-02-08 Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
  • 2001-08-01 Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • 2002-01-29 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2002-04-15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • 2002-04-18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2002-06-26 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002-09-11 Johnny Unitas, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 69

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 2003-02-20 Harry Jacunski, American football player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2003-12-17 Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 2004-01-28 Elroy Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
  • 2004-04-22 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger (killed in action) (b. 1976)
  • 2004-06-09 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2004-12-26 Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 2005-03-16 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • 2005-04-10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • 2005-04-18 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 2005-08-20 Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • 2005-09-13 Toni Fritsch, Austrian football and American football player (b. 1945)
  • 2005-11-23 Frank Gatski, American football player (b. 1919)
  • 2005-12-07 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2005-12-15 Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 2006-02-01 Dick Bass, American football player (b. 1937)
  • 2006-02-16 Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)
  • 2006-05-27 Craig Heyward, American football player (b. 1966)
  • 2006-11-07 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • 2006-11-20 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • 2007-01-01 Darrent Williams, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2007-01-06 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • 2007-02-24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2007-02-24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2007-03-10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2007-04-05 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 2007-04-30 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • 2007-05-28 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2007-10-02 Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
  • 2007-10-20 Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2007-11-27 Bill Willis, American football player (b. 1921)
  • 2007-11-27 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), fatally shot in the upper leg by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2007-12-31 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 2008-01-17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2008-03-26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • 2008-07-04 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • 2008-08-20 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2008-12-17 Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 2009-03-04 George McAfee, former American football player (b. 1918)
  • 2009-07-04 Steve McNair, American football player (b. 1973)
  • 2009-07-28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • 2009-12-17 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2010-01-17 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2010-01-29 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 2010-03-11 Merlin Olsen, American football player / Actor (b. 1940)
  • 2010-05-26 Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)
  • 2010-07-27 Jack Tatum, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2010-09-20 Kenny McKinley, American football player (b. 1987)
  • 2010-09-27 George Blanda, American football player (b. 1927)
  • 2010-10-12 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2010-11-13 Ken Iman, American football player (b. 1939)
  • 2010-11-20 Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2010-12-05 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2010-12-11 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2011-02-19 Ollie Matson, American Football Running Back (b. 1930)
  • 2011-06-07 Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (b. 1937)
  • 2011-07-16 Forrest Blue, American football player (b. 1944)
  • 2011-08-03 Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • 2011-09-04 Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2012-02-13 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • 2012-05-02 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • 2012-10-10 Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • 2012-11-29 Merv Pregulman, American NFL player, dies at 90
  • 2012-12-01 Jovan Belcher, American football linebacker, commits suicide by gunshot at 25
  • 2012-12-19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2013-02-02 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard, dies from pancreatic cancer at 71

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2013-04-16 Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 2013-05-07 George Sauer, Jr., American football player, dies from heart failure at 69
  • 2013-05-11 Jack Butler, American football player, dies from complications from staph infection at 85
  • 2013-05-13 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013-06-03 Deacon Jones, American NFL Hall of Fame Defensive End, dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2013-07-15 Earl Gros, American NFL player, dies at 72
  • 2013-08-04 Art Donovan, American football player, dies from a respiratory ailment at 89