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2022

NOTE: The intent of the News Section is not to dwell on negative stories that are more suited to be found in the Police and Crime Section of your local newspaper, but to report and document stories that cover the entire realm of The World of Football. Chances are, you may not have seen some of these stories before.


 

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April

(Obituary) April 29, 2022 - Erich Barnes, a defensive back in the NFL for 14 seasons, dies at the age of 86. Barnes played college football at Purdue and was selected in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears from 1958-1960 and was then traded to the New York Giants where he played from 1961-1964. In his first season with the Giants, he tied an NFL record when he intercepted a pass against the Dallas Cowboys and returned it 102 yards for a touchdown. He finished his playing career with the Cleveland Browns from 1965-1971. Barnes was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Purdue University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

(Obituary) April 21, 2022 Ralph DeLoach, a former defensive end in the NFL, dies at the age of 65. DeLoach played college football at the University of California and was selected in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but he did not make the team. In 1981, he signed with the New York Jets and appeared in just one game.  

(Obituary) April 21, 2022 Daryle Lamonica, a quarterback in the American Football League and in the NFL for a combined 12 seasons, dies at the age of 80. Known as “The Mad Bomber,” Lamonica played college football at Notre Dame and was selected in the 12th round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was also selected in the 24th round of the 1963 AFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He signed with the Bills and played in Buffalo for four seasons, from 1963-1966. He won back-to-back AFL titles with the Bills in 1964 and 1965. Lomonica then played for the Oakland Raiders from 1965-1974, leading the team to an appearance in Super Bowl II where they lost to the Packers 33-14.

(Obituary) April 19, 2022 Garland Boyette, a linebacker who played in the NFL, AFL, CFL and WFL, dies at the age of 82. Boyette played offensive guard at in college at Grambling State. He signed with the NFL St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent and was switched to linebacker. He played for the Cardinals in 1962 and 1963. He then played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1964 and 1965 before signing with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League where he played for seven seasons, from 1966-1972. Boyette was the first African-American to play middle linebacker in pro football. He finished his playing career in the World Football League playing for the Houston Texans in 1974 and the Shreveport Steamer in 1975.

(Obituary) April 16, 2022 Ed Jasper, a defensive lineman in the NFL for nine seasons, dies at the age of 49. Jasper played college football at Texas A&M and was selected in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in Philadelphia in 1997 and 1998, then went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons from 1999-2004 and the Oakland Raiders in 2005. 

(Obituary) April 12, 2022 Quency Williams, a defensive end in the Canadian Football League for six seasons, dies at the age of 61. Williams played college football at Auburn. He went on to play for the Calgary Stampeders in 1987 and 1988 as well as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1989-1992. He won a Grey Cup title with the Blue Bombers in 1990.

(Obituary) April 11, 2022 Charles “Chip” Myrtle, a linebacker in the AFL, NFL and WFL for eight seasons, dies at the age of 77. Myrtle played college football at Maryland. He signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League and played six seasons in Denver, from 1967-1972. He also played for the San Diego Chargers in 1974 and finished his playing career with the Jacksonville Express of the World Football League in 1975.

(Obituary) April 10, 2022 Gary Brown, who played and coached in the NFL, dies of cancer at the age of 52. Brown played running back at Penn State and was selected in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played for the Oilers from 1991-1995, the San Diego Chargers in 1997 and the New York Giants in 1998 and 1999. He then went into coaching. He was an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns from 2009-2012, the Dallas Cowboys from 2013-2019, and in the college ranks with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2021.

(Obituary) April 9, 2022 Richard Swatland, who played one season as an offensive lineman in the American Football League, dies at the age of 76. Swatland played college football at Notre Dame and won a national championship with the Irish in 1966. He was then selected in the eighth round of the 1968 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. After football, he had a long career in the real estate business.

(Obituary) April 9, 2022 Dwayne Haskins, an up-and-coming quarterback in the NFL, dies at the age of 24. Haskins was hit by a dump truck while walking along Interstate 595 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the early morning hours. Haskins played college football at Ohio State and was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played two seasons in Washington and then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021. Haskins was in Florida working out with Steelers’ quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. He was third in the Heisman voting in 2018.

(Obituary) April 7, 2022 Rayfield “Big Cat” Wright, a Hall of Fame offensive tackle in the NFL for 13 seasons, dies at the age of 76. Wright played college football at Fort Valley State and was selected in the seventh round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Wright actually started out as a tight end with the Cowboys and was converted to a tackle by Tom Landry in 1969. He played his entire career with Dallas from 1967-1979. Wright played in five Super Bowls, winning two of them in 1971 and 1977, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hal of Fame in 2006. 

(Obituary) April 5, 2022 Doug Sutherland, a defensive lineman in the NFL for 12 seasons, dies at the age of 73. Sutherland played college football at Wisconsin-Superior and was selected in the 14th round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played in New Orleans for just one season and was then traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where he played for 10 seasons, from 1971-1980. He played in three Super Bowl with the Vikings before he finished his playing career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1981. 

 

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February

(Obituary) February 22, 2022 Ken Grandberry, who played in the NFL and WFL, dies at the age of 70. Grandberry played college football at Washington State and was selected in the eighth round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played running back for the Bears in 1974 and also for the Southern California Sun of the World Football League in 1975.  

(Obituary) February 19, 2022 Charley Taylor, who played running back and wide receiver in the NFL for 13 seasons, dies at the age of 80. Taylor played college football at Arizona State and was selected with the third overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He started out as a running back, but after two season he as switched to wide receiver. Taylor played in the NFL from 1964-1977, all with Washington. He missed the 1976 season due to a knee injury. When he retired, he was the NFL’s All-Time leader in receptions. Taylor was also the receivers coach for Washington from 1981 through 1993 and helped the team win three Super Bowls. Taylor is a member of the team’s Ring of Honor and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

(Obituary) February 17, 2022 Clarence “Pooh Bear” Williams, a running back in college and in the NFL, dies in a car crash at the age of 47. Williams played college football at Florida State and won a national championship with the team in 1993 during his freshman year. He was not selected in the NFL Draft, but signed with the Buffalo Bills, were he appeared in three games during the 1998 season. In recent years, he was an assistant football coach at his old high school, Crescent City High School, in Crescent City, Florida.     

 

January

(Obituary) January 26, 2022 Tim Van Galder, a quarterback in the NFL for seven seasons, dies at the age of 77. Van Galder played college football at Iowa State and was selected in the sixth round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was on the team from 1966-1972 as a backup and finally got on the field in 1972. He started five games in his finals season and posted a record of 1-3-1. His only win was a 10-3 victory in the season opener over the Baltimore Colts. He then became a local St. Louis television sportscaster at KMOV, Channel 4, for 13 years. Van Galder eventually became the station’s sports director and also worked in sports-talk radio.  

(Obituary) January 26, 2022 Jim Hilyer, who coached in college, the NFL, the USFL and the af2, dies at the age of 86. Hilyer played college football at Stetson University where he played guard and linebacker. He played pro football for the Orlando Thunderbirds of the Continental Football League from 1958-1960. Hilyer began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Mississippi State University from 1963-1967 and at Auburn University from 1968-1973. He was an assistant coach with the NFL Washington Redskins in 1974 and returned to coach at Auburn from 1977-1981. He then became an assistant coach with the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League in 1982. Hilyer was named the first head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1991. In four seasons as head coach at UAB, (through 1994) he led the Blazers to a record of 27–12–1. He was also the special teams coach for the Alabama Steeldogs of arenafootball2 in 2000. Hilyer was named to the UAB Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

(Obituary) January 21, 2022 - Billy Waddy, a wide receiver in the NFL for seven seasons, dies at the age of 67. Waddy played college football at Colorado and was selected in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played for the Rams from 1977-1982 and finished his playing career with the Minnesota Vikings in 1984.

(Obituary) January 19, 2022 Dan Dworsky, a linebacker in the All America Football Conference for one season, dies at the age of 94. Dworsky played college football at Michigan and won back-to-back national championships in 1946 and 1948. He was selected in the second round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. However, he chose to sign with the Los Angeles Dons of the rival AAFC, where he played one season in 1949.  

(Obituary) January 13, 2022 Junior Siavii, a defensive tackle in the NFL for 4 seasons, dies in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas while awaiting trial at the age of 43. No details of the cause of death were immediately released. Siavii was arrested in August of 2019 while driving a stolen car containing a gun and drugs. He played college football at Oregon and was selected in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played for the Chiefs in 2004 and 2005. He also played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2009 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

(Obituary) January 11, 2022 Don “Suds” Sutherin, a defensive back in the NFL and the CFL, dies at the age of 85. Suthern played college football at Ohio State and was selected in the eighth round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. However, he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and played for Hamilton in 1958. He joined the Giants in 1959 and was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1959 season and played in Pittsburgh through 1960. He then returned to the Tiger-Cats and the CFL. He played in Hamilton again from 1961-1966 and won two Grey Cup titles in 1963 and 1965. Sutherin then played for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1967-1969 and won two more Grey Cups in 1968 and 1969. He finished his playing career with the Toronto Argonauts in 1970. Sutherin went on to be the head coach of the Tiger-Cats from 1994-1997.  

(Obituary) January 10, 2022 Don Maynard, who played in the NFL, CFL and WFL, dies at the age of 86. Maynard played college football at Texas-El Paso and was selected in the ninth round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played one season for the Giants in 1958 and then went to Canada and played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1959. He signed with the AFL New York Titans in 1960. The Titans became the New York Jets in 1963 and defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Maynard played for the Jets through 1972. He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973 and finished his playing career with the Houston Texans of the World Football League in 1974. Maynard was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

(Obituary) January 5, 2022 Greg Robinson, who coached in college and in the NFL, dies at the age of 70. Robinson played college football at Bakersfield Junior College and at the University of the Pacific. He had several stops as a college assistant coach including Pacific, Cal State-Fullerton, NC State and UCLA before moving on to the NFL. He was an assistant coach with three NFL teams between 1990 and 2003, the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs, He won two Super Bowls with the Broncos. Robinson then returned to the college ranks, first as an assistant at Texas and then he was the head coach at Syracuse from 2005-2008. He finished his coaching career as an assistant at Texas, Michigan and San Jose State, retiring in 2015.

(Obituary) January 5,  2022 Ralph Neely, an offensive tackle in the NFL for 13 seasons, dies at the age of 78. Neely played college football at Oklahoma and was selected in the second round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. He was also selected in the second round of the 1965 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He chose the Colts, who then traded him to the Dallas Cowboys. He played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Cowboys from 1965-1977 and won two Super Bowl.

(Obituary) January 4, 2022 Ross Browner, a defensive end in the NFL for 10 seasons, dies from complications of COVID at the age of 67. Browner played college football at Notre Dame and was the eighth overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played for the Bengals from 1978-1986 and finished his playing career with the Green Bay Packers in 1987.

(Obituary) January 3, 2022 Odell Barry, a wide receiver and kick returner in the NFL for two seasons, dies at the age of 80. Barry played college football at University of Findley in Ohio and was selected in the 19th round of the 1964 AFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He played in Denver in 1964 and 1965. An injuring in his second season ended his playing career.   

(Obituary) January 1, 2022 Dan Reeves, who played and coach in the NFL, dies at the age of 77. Reeves played college football at South Carolina and signed as an undrafted free agent running back with the Dallas Cowboys in 1965. He played in Dallas from 1965-1972 and helped the team win Super Bowl VI over the Miami Dolphins. He then went into coaching. He was an assistant coach with the Cowboys from 1975-1980 and won a second Super Bowl as an assistant coach when the Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Reeves went on to be the head coach of the Broncos from 1981-1992. He was also the head coach of the New York Giants from 1993-1996 and was the head coach and general manager of the Atlanta Falcons from 1997-2003. He participated in nine Super Bowls as a player and a coach.