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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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September

(Obituary) September 30, 2022 Rick Redman, who played guard and linebacker in the NFL, AFL and the WFL, dies at the age of 79. Redman played college football at Washington and was selected in the 10th round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also selected in the fifth round of the 1965 AFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Redman played for the Chargers from 1965-1973 and finished his playing career with the Portland Storm of the World Football League in 1974. He was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1982 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

(Obituary) September 30, 2022 Marvin Powell, Jr., a tackle in the NFL for 11 seasons, dies of heart failure at the age of 67. Powell played college football at USC and was selected as the fourth overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played for the Jets from 1977-1985 and finished his playing career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1986 and 1987. Powell was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

(Obituary) September 28, 2022 Gavin Escobar, a tight end in the NFL for five seasons, dies in an apparent rock-climbing accident near Idyllwild, California at the age of 31. His body, along with one other person, was found near Tahquitz Rock in the San Bernardino National Forest. Escobar played college football at San Diego State and was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played for the Cowboys from 2013-2016 and the Baltimore Ravens in 2016. He finished his playing career with the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) in 2019.

(Obituary) September 25, 2022 Jonathan Beaulieu-Richard, a linebacker in the CFL for five seasons, dies from complications of cancer at the age of 33. Beaulieu-Richard played college football at the University of Montreal and played in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes in 2013, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2014, the Alouettes again in 2015 and the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2016 and 2017.

(Obituary) September 23, 2022 Bill Fulcher, a linebacker in the NFL for three seasons, dies at the age of 88. Fulcher played college football at Georgia Tech. He signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins and played for the team from 1956-1958. Fulcher went on to become the head football coach at the University of Tampa in 1971 as well as the head coach at Georgia Tech from 1972-1973. He also coached high school football in Georgia.

(Obituary) September 22, 2022 Nick Mumley, a defensive end in the American Football League for three seasons, dies at the age of 85. Mumley played college football at Purdue and was selected in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he ended up signing with the AFL’s New York Titans, where he played from 1960-1962.

(Obituary) September 21, 2022 Darrell Mudra, a longtime college football head coach, dies at the age of 93. Nicknamed "Dr. Victory," he served as the head football coach at Adams State College, North Dakota State, the University of Arizona, Western Illinois University, Florida State University, Eastern Illinois and the University of Northern Iowa between 1959 and 1987. He won two national championships during his career; a Division I-AA Championship (now FCS) at North Dakota State in 1965 and a Division II championship in 1978 at Eastern Illinois. He compiled a career college football record of 200 wins, 81 losses and 4 ties. Mudra was also the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for one season, in 1966. Mudra was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000.

(Obituary) September 19, 2022 Herb Lusk, a running back in the NFL for three seasons, dies at the age of 69. Lusk played college football at Long Beach State and was selected in the tenth round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the Eagles from 1976-1978. He was known as “The Praying Tailback” because he was the first NFL player to kneel in the end zone and pray after scoring a touchdown on October 9, 1977 in a road game against the New York Giants. Lusk went on to become the pastor of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia. He also served as the team Chaplin for the Eagles.

(Obituary) September 19, 2022 Harry Langford, a guard and tackle in the Canadian Football League for nine seasons, dies at the age of 92. Langford played his entire CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders from 1950-1958. He is a member of the Calgary Stampeders Wall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

(Obituary) September 14, 2022 Joe Patton, a tackle and guard in the NFL for five seasons, dies at the age of 50. Patton played college football at Alabama A&M and was selected in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played in Washington from 1994-1998.

(Obituary) September 11, 2022 Roy Schmidt, a guard and tackle in the NFL for five seasons, dies at the age of 80. Schmidt played college football at Long Beach State and was selected in the 13th round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, but he did not make the Packers’ active roster. He went on to play for the New Orleans Saints from 1967-1968, the Atlanta Falcons in 1969, the Washington Redskins in 1970 and the Minnesota Vikings in 1971.

(Obituary) September 9, 2022 Shelby Jordan, a tackle in the NFL for 11 seasons, dies at the age of 70. Jordan played college football at Washington University in St. Louis and was selected in the seventh round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, but he never signed with the team. In 1975, Jordan was signed by the New England Patriots, where he played in 1975 as well as from 1977-1982. He also played for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1983-1986. He won Super Bowl XVIII (18) as a member of the Raiders. Jordan was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

(Obituary) September 6, 2022 - Mose Lee Rison, a longtime assistant coach in college and in the NFL, dies at the age of 66. Rison played running back in college at Central Michigan from 1975-1977. Between 1981-2016, he worked as an assistant coach in college at Central Michigan, Navy, Rutgers, Stanford, Livingstone, Davidson and North Carolina Central. He was also the head coach at North Carolina Central from 2007-2010. In the NFL, he was an assistant coach with the New York Jets from 2001-2002.

August

(Obituary) August 30, 2022 Steve White, a defensive end in the NFL for 7 seasons, dies of leukemia at the age of 48. White played college football at Tennessee and was selected in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He ended up being signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he played from 1996-2001. He also played for the New York Jets in 2002. White finished his playing career with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League in 2006.

(Obituary) August 29, 2022 Ernie Zampeze, who spent 26 years as an assistant coach in the NFL, dies at the age of 86. Zampeze was an assistant coach in college at San Diego State from 1967-1975 and then with the San Diego Chargers from 1976-1986. He was also an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins between 1987 and 2004. He won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys.

(Obituary) August 24, 2022 Charlie Ford, a defensive back in the NFL for five seasons, dies at the age of 73. Ford played college football at Houston and was selected in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears from 1971-1973. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1974 as well as the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants in 1975.

(Obituary) August 24, 2022 Len Dawson, a quarterback in the AFL and NFL for 19 seasons, dies at the age of 87. Dawson played college football at Purdue where future Kansas City Chiefs head coach Hank Stram was an assistant coach at the time. Dawson was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played sparingly in Pittsburgh from 1957-1959 and was then traded to the Cleveland Browns where he played very little from 1960-1961. He then signed with the Dallas Texans of the American Football League in 1962. Hank Stram was the head coach of the Texans. Dawson led the Texans to the 1962 AFL title in a double overtime win over the Houston Oilers 20-17. The Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963 and Dawson quarterbacked the team from 1963-1975. He led the Chiefs to two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings. It was the last game ever played by the AFL before the merger with the NFL the following season. Dawson was named MVP of the game. After his playing career was over, Dawson broadcast Chiefs games on the radio for many years. From 1977-2001, he also hosted the HBO series, Inside the NFL. Dawson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.   

(Obituary) August 22, 2022 Gary Gaines, the high school football coach from the book and movie “Friday Night Lights,” dies at the age of 73. Gaines spent three decades coaching at the high school and college levels in the state of Texas. He was the head coach at Odessa Permian from 1986-1989. Gaines went 47-6-1 during that stretch and led the team to a perfect season that ended with a state title in 1989. The 1988 season was the subject of Buzz Bissinger’s 1990 best-selling book, “Friday Night Lights,” which was eventually made into a movie in 2004 and then a television show on NBC. Gaines was portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton in the 2004 movie. Gaines also spent time as an assistant at Texas Tech and as head coach at Abilene Christian. He returned to lead Permian one last time in 2009.

(Obituary) August 19, 2022 Riddick Parker, a defensive tackle in the NFL for seven seasons, dies at the age of 49. Parker played college football at North Carolina. He began his pro career with the Rhine Fire of the World League of American Football in 1996. He then played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1997-2000. Parker also played for the New England Patriots in 2001 and won a Super Bowl that year. He finished his playing career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and 2003. At the time of his death, Parker was the principle at George Wythe High School in Richmond, Virginia.

(Obituary) August 17, 2022 Jim Mueller, a longtime college and NFL radio announcer, dies at the age of 79. Mueller started out doing radio play-by-play work at the University of Louisville and the University of Miami football games as well as preseason games for the Miami Dolphins. He then moved to Cleveland in 1974 where he was a sports anchor at a couple of local TV stations. Mueller was the radio voice of the Cleveland Browns from 1975-1995 until the team moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. When the Browns returned to Cleveland as an expansion team in 1999, Mueller served and the stadium’s public address announcer. He was also the public address announcer at Michigan International Speedway for 33 years before retiring in 2017. Mueller was inducted into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio in 2005.

(Obituary) August 16, 2022 Charley Frazier, who played wide receiver in the AFL, NFL and the WFL for 10 seasons, dies at the age of 83. Frazier attended HBCU Texas Southern University and was on the track and field team, but did not play college football. He signed as a free agent with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League in 1962. He played in Houston through 1968 and also played for the Boston Patriots in 1969 and 1970. He finished his playing career with the Houston Texans of the World Football League in 1974.

(Obituary) August 13, 2022 Steve Worster, a running back in the CFL for one season, dies at the age of 73. Worster played college football at the University of Texas where he was a member of two national championship teams in 1969 and 1970. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but chose to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League instead. He played just one season for the Tiger-Cats in 1971. Worster is a member of the Texas Longhorn Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

(Obituary) August 9, 2022 Charlie Brandon, a defensive lineman in the CFL for eight seasons, dies at the age of 78. Brandon played college football at Div II Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1967 and played briefly for the team that season. He then played for the Norfolk Neptunes of the semi-pro Continental Football League from 1967-1969. Brandon returned to the CFL in 1972, this time with the Ottawa Rough Riders. He played seven seasons in Ottawa from 1972-1978 winning two Grey Cup championships in 1973 and 1976. He was named the MVP of the 1973 Grey Cup game and was a member of the Ottawa defensive unit that went by the nickname, “Capital Punishment.”

(Obituary) August 5, 2022 - Dean Carlson, a quarterback in the NFL for one season, dies at the age of 72. Carlson played college football at Iowa State and was selected in the seventh round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He appeared in just one game for the Chiefs completing seven passes for 116 yards, not touchdowns and one interception.

(Obituary) August 2, 2022 Jimmy Burson, a defensive back in the NFL for six seasons, dies at the age of 81. Burson played college football at Auburn and was selected in the 11th round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was also selected in the eighth round of the 1963 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. Burson signed with the Cardinals and played in St. Louis from 1963-1967. He finished his playing career with the Atlanta Falcons in 1968.

July

(Obituary) July 31, 2022 Wayne Hawkins, and offensive guard in the American Football League for 10 seasons, dies at the age of 84. Hawkins played college football at the College of the Pacific and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 1960. He played his entire career with the Raiders from 1960-1969 and won an AFL title with the team in 1967. He played in Super Bowl II against the Green Bay Packers.   

(Obituary) July 28, 2022 William White, a defensive back in the NFL for 11 seasons, dies at the age of 54 from complications of ALS. White played college football at Ohio State and was selected in the fourth round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played for the Lions from 1988-1993 and went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1994-1996 and the Atlanta Falcons from 1997-1998.

(Obituary) July 27, 2022 Bob Brown, who played offense and defense in the Canadian Football League for seven seasons, dies at the age of 79. Brown played college football at the University of Miami. He signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders and played for the team from 1965-1968. He was traded to the British Columbia Lions during the 1968 season and finished his playing career with the Lions from 1968-1970. He won a Grey Cup title as a member of the Rough Riders team in 1968.

(Obituary) June 27, 2022 Fred Hyatt, a wide receiver in the NFL for six seasons, dies after undergoing open heart surgery at the age of 75. Hyatt played college football at Auburn and was selected in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for the Cardinals through 1972. In 1973, he split his time between the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins.

(Obituary) July 25, 2022 - Herb Roedel, a guard in the American Football League for one season, dies at the age of 83. Roedel played college football at Marquette and signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders of the in 1961. He played just one season and appeared in 14 games during the 1061 for the Silver and Black.

(Obituary) July 24, 2022 Steve Beaird, a running back in the Canadian Football League for two seasons, dies at the age of 70. Beaird played college football at Baylor and was selected in the seventh round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. However, he chose to sign with the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers and played for the team in 1975 and 1976.

(Obituary) July 22, 2022 Henry Janzen, a defensive back in the Canadian Football League dies at the age of 82. Janzen played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1959-1965 and won three Grey Cup titles with the team in 1959, 1961 and 1962. Janzen later became a coach at the University of Manitoba football team, leading the Bisons to back-to-back national championships in 1969 and 1970.

(Obituary) July 21, 2022 - Jim Lynch, a linebacker in the NFL for 11 seasons, dies at the age of 76. Lynch played college football at Notre Dame and was selected in the second round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played his entire career with the Chiefs from 1967-1977 and won Super Bowl IV with the team.

(Obituary) July 20, 2022 - Doug Mitchell, a former commissioner of the Canadian Football League, dies at the age of 83. Mitchell was the sixth commissioner of the CFL from 1984 to 1988. He attended Colorado College on a hockey scholarship. He then went on to attend the University of British Columbia, where he played football while earning a bachelor of law degree in 1962. Mitchell played both offence and defense at UBC and played briefly in the CFL with the B.C. Lions in 1960. U Sports, the Canadian college football ruling organization, named a national college football semifinal game, the Mitchell Bowl, in his honor. Mitchell is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He has also been named to the Alberta Order of Excellence and Order of Canada. Mitchell was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a builder in 2021.

(Obituary) July 19, 2022 Jim Dillard, a running back in the Canadian Football League for seven seasons, dies at the age of 83. Dillard played college football at Oklahoma State and was selected in the fourth round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. He was also selected in the ninth round of the 1962 AFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He chose to sign with the CFL Calgary Stampeders, where he played from 1962-1964. He also played for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1965 and 1966 and the Toronto Argonauts from 1967-1968.  

(Obituary) July 19, 2022 Brad White, a nose tackle in the NFL for six seasons, dies at the age of 63. White played college football at Tennessee and was selected in the 12th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in Tampa from 1981-1983. He also played for the Indianapolis Colts in 1984 and 1985 and he finished his playing career with the Minnesota Vikings in 1987.

(Obituary) July 18, 2022 Booker Brown, an offensive tackle in the NFL and the World Football League, dies at the age of 69. Brown played college football at USC and was selected in the sixth round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. However, he chose to sign with the Southern California Sun of the WFL, where he played in 1974. He then signed with the San Diego Chargers, where he played in 1975 and 1977. He played in 17 games for the Chargers and started eight in his brief pro career.  

(Obituary) July 17, 2022 Charlie Johnson, a wide receiver in the NFL for nine seasons, dies at the age of 50. Johnson played college football at Colorado and was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played for the Steelers from 1996-1998. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 and 2000, the New England Patriots in 2001 and the Buffalo Bills in 2002. He won a Super Bowl title with the Patriots.

(Obituary) July 13, 2022 Rashard Anderson, a defensive back in the NFL for two seasons, dies at the age of 45. The cause of death was not immediately released. Anderson played college football at HBCU Jackson State and was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He played for the Panthers in 2000 and 2001 before he was suspended by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy in 2002. Anderson tried out for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 2005, but did not make the team.  

(Obituary) July 11, 2022 Gary Moeller, a head coach in college and in the NFL, dies at the age of 81. Moeller played college football at Ohio State and got his start in coaching as an assistant at Miami (OH) in 1967 and 1968. He then became an assistant coach at Michigan from 1969-1976. After that, he was the head coach at Illinois from 1977-1979. He returned to Michigan as an assistant coach in 1980 and took over as the Wolverines head coach in 1990 after Bo Schembechler retired. He served as head coach through 1994. Moeller then moved on to the NFL, first as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1995-1996 and then with the Detroit Lions from 1997-2000. When Lions head coach Bobby Ross suddenly resigned during the 2000 season, Moeller became the interim head coach and posted a 4-3 record in the last seven games of the season. Detroit ended the season with a 9-7 record that year and just missed the playoffs. Moeller finished his coaching career as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2001 and the Chicago Bears in 2002 and 2003.

(Obituary) June 11, 2022 Jim Hann, a linebacker in the WFL for one season, dies at the age of 70. Hann played college football at the University of Montana and was selected in the 16th round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He did not make the team. However, he did play one season for the Portland Storm in the World Football League in 1974.

(Obituary) July 8, 2022 - Bob Parsons, a tight end and punter in the NFL and the USFL, dies at the age of 72. Parsons played college football at Penn State and was selected in the fifth round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears for 12 seasons, from 1972-1983. Parsons finished his playing career with the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL in 1984 and 1985.

(Obituary) July 8, 2022 - Jimmy Williams, a defensive back in the NFL for six seasons, dies at the age of 43. Williams played college football at Vanderbilt and was selected in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. However, he did not play for the Bills. Instead, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers where he played from 2001-2004. He finished his playing career with the Seattle Seahawks in 2005 and 2006. He was a team captain with the Seahawks when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.  

(Obituary) July 7, 2022 Cornell Webster, a defensive back in the NFL for four seasons, dies at the age of 67. Webster played college football at UCLA and Tulsa. He signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks and played for the team from 1977-1980. He had eight interceptions during his career.

(Obituary) July 6. 2022 Ira Valentine, a running back in the NFL for one season, dies at the age of 59. Valentine played college football at Texas A&M and was selected in the 12th round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played just one season for Houston in 1987.   

(Obituary) June 2, 2022 Orris Kay Dalton, a longtime coach in college, the CFL and the NFL, dies at the age of 90. Dalton was involved in football from 1958-2005. Between 1966 and 1970, he coached in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions and the Montreal Alouettes. In the NFL, he spent time coaching with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Houston Oilers from 1974-1986. His college coaching resume includes stops at Northern Colorado, Colorado State and Western State.

(Obituary) July 2, 2022 Jim Van Pelt, who played quarterback in the Canadian Football League for two seasons, dies at the age of 86. Van Pelt played college football at Michigan and was selected in the fifth round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. However, he chose to sign with the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He led the team to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 1958 and 1959 and was named the MVP of the 1958 Grey Cup game in his rookie season. His playing career came to an end in 1960 when he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force.  

(Obituary) July 2, 2022 John Watson, an offensive lineman in the NFL for nine seasons, dies at the age of 73. Watson played college football at Oklahoma and was selected in the seventh round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for the 49ers from 1971-1976 and finished his playing career with the New Orleans Saints from 1977-1979.

June

(Obituary) June 27, 2022 - Marlin Briscoe, the first modern day black starting quarterback in the NFL, dies at the age of 76. Briscoe played quarterback in college at University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he earned the nickname, “The Magician.” He was selected in the 14th round of the 1968 combined NFL-AFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, who switched him to defensive back. However, during his rookie season, he was pressed into service as a quarterback. He started five games and posted a 2-3 record. Briscoe was the runner-up for the AFL Rookie of the Year in 1968. He was released by the Broncos after the season. He signed with the Buffalo Bills where he played wide receiver from 1969-1971. He was then traded to the Miami Dolphins where he played from 1972-1974 and won two Super Bowls. Briscoe was a member of the Dolphins 1972 undefeated team. He went on to play for the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers in 1975 and finished his playing career with the New England Patriots in 1976. Briscoe was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

(Obituary) June 21, 2022 Jaylon Ferguson, a defensive end in the NFL for three seasons, dies at the age of 26. The cause of death was not immediately known. He played college football at Louisiana Tech where he earned the nickname "Sack Daddy." He holds the FBS record for career sacks with 45. Ferguson was selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and played for the team from 2019-2021.

(Obituary) June 22, 2022 Tony Siragusa, a defensive lineman in the NFL for 12 seasons, dies at the age of 55. Siragusa played college football at Pittsburgh and signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, where he played from 1990-1996. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens from 1997-2001. He won Super Bowl XXXV as a member of the Ravens team. After his playing career was over, Siragusa was a sideline reporter for Fox Sports from 2003-2015. He also had some acting roles, appearing in "The Sopranos" and a Spike Lee movie called, "25th Hour." He was also the host of a home renovation show called “Man Caves” from 2007-2016 on the DIY Network.

(Obituary) June 18, 2022 - Claire Branch, a halfback, fullback and linebacker in the Canadian Football League for six seasons, dies at the age of 85. Branch played college football at the University of Texas. He signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and played for the team from 1960-1963. He was then traded during the season to the Edmonton Eskimos where he finished his playing career from 1963-1965.  

(Obituary) June 17, 2022 Hugh McElhenny, a halfback in the NFL for 13 seasons, dies at the age of 94. McElhenny played college football at Washington and was selected as the ninth overall pick in the 1952 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played in San Francisco from 1952-1960 and was a member of The Million Dollar Backfield that also featured quarterback Y.A. Tittle, running back Joe Perry and running back John Henry Johnson. He went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings in 1961 and 1962, the New York Giants in 1963 and the Detroit Lions in 1964. McElhenny was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

(Obituary) June 9, 2022 Don Perkins, a fullback in the NFL for eight seasons, dies at the age of 84. Perkins played college football at New Mexico and was selected in the ninth round of the 1960 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. However, the Dallas Cowboys entered the NFL after the 1960 Draft took place and they also signed Perkins to a personal services contract for $10,000. The league honored the contract buy made Dallas give the Colts their ninth-round pick in the 1962 NFL Draft. Perkins sat out the 1960 season with a broken foot but played for the Cowboys from 1961-1968. On September 24, 1961, he became the first running back in Cowboys' history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game. This was against the Minnesota Vikings. Perkins was inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor in 1976 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

(Obituary) June 8, 2022 Rocky Freitas, a tackle in the NFL for 11 seasons, dies at the age of 76. Freitas played college football at Oregon State and was selected in the third round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, he did not play for the Steelers. Instead, he signed with the Detroit Lions in 1968 and played in Detroit for 10 seasons, through 1977. He finished his playing career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978. After football, Freitas returned to his home state of Hawaii where he was the chancellor at Hawaii Community College for six years. He was also an administrator at the University of Hawaii for 23 years as well as the school’s athletic director in 2012. His full name as Rockne Crowningburg Freitas.    

(Obituary) June 4, 2022 Veryl Switzer, a halfback and defensive back in the NFL and the CFL, dies at the age of 89. Switzer played college football at Kansas State and was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1954 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played in Green Bay in 1954 and 1955 before leaving the NFL for the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Air Force from 1955-1958 and then returned to play football in the Canadian Football League. He played for the Calgary Stampeders in 1958 and the Montreal Alouettes from 1959-1960. Switzer was a charter member of the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990 and was added to the school's football ring of honor in 2002.

(Obituary) June 4, 2022 Tony Pajaczkowski, who was a tackle, guard and kicker in the Canadian Football League for 13 seasons, dies at the age of 86. Pajacskowski played for the Calgary Stampeders from 1955-1965 and the Montreal Alouettes in 1966 and 1967. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988.   

(Obituary) June 1, 2022 - Marion Barber III, a running back in the NFL for seven seasons, dies at the age of 38. He was found dead in his apartment and no cause of death was released. Barber played college football at Minnesota and as selected in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played in Dallas for six seasons, from 2005-2010, and for the Chicago Bears in 2011. His father, Marion Barber Jr., also played running back in the NFL for the New York Jets from 1982-1988.

May

(Obituary) May 31, 2022 Bob Talamini, a guard in the American Football League for nine seasons, dies at the age of 83. Talamini played college football at Kentucky and signed with the Houston Oilers in 1960. He played for Houston from 1960-1967. He won back-to-back AFL titles with the Oilers in 1960 and 1961. He finished his playing career with the New York Jets in 1968 and won Super Bowl III as a member of the Jets. Talamini was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.  

(Obituary) May 31, 2022 Bill Urbanik, dies at the age of 75. Urbanik played college football at Ohio State and was a member of the Buckeye’s 1968 National Championship team. He was an assistant football coach as a graduate assistant at Marshall University following the 1970 plane crash that killed most the football team and coaches. He then went on to be an assistant coach in college at Northern Illinois and at Wake Forest. Urbanik was also an assistant coach in the pro ranks with the Cincinnati Bengals and LA/Oakland Raiders in the NFL, the Sacramento Gold Miners in the Canadian Football League and the NY/NJ Hitmen in the 2001 XFL. He also served as a player scout for the Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals.

(Obituary) May 30, 2022 Jeff Gladney, a cornerback in the NFL for just one season, dies as the result of a car accident at the age of 25. Gladney played college football at TCU and was selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was released by the Vikings in August 2021. He then signed by the Arizona Cardinals this past March after being found noy guilty of felony assault on his former girlfriend. Police said Gladney was speeding on a highway near Dallas when he clipped another car, causing his vehicle to overturn, killing him and a female passenger.  

(Obituary) May 29, 2022 Alden Roche, a defensive end in the NFL for nine seasons, dies at the age of 77. Roche played college football at Southern University and was selected in the second round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He only played one season in Denver before he was traded to the Green Bay Packers, where he played from 1971-1976. He finished his playing career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1977 and 1978.

(Obituary) May 20, 2022 Calvin MaGee, a tight end in the NFL for four seasons, dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 59. MaGee played college football at Southern University and signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985. He played four seasons with the Bucs from 1985-1988. He then went on to be an assistant coach in college for many years. Magee served on the coaching staffs at Michigan, West Virginia, South Florida, Arizona, Duke, New Mexico and Ole Miss. He was to be on the staff at Jacksonville State this coming season.  

(Obituary) May 12, 2022 Gino Cappelletti, a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker in the NFL and the American Football League, dies at the age of 88. Cappelletti played college football at Minnesota. He signed as a free agent with the Boston Patriots of the new American Football League in 1960 and played his entire 11-year career with the team from 1960-1970. He was named the AFL MVP in 1964 and is credited with scoring the first points in AFL history, a 35-yard field goal in a game against the Denver Broncos on September 9, 1960. He was one of just three players to play in every regular season game in the AFL’s 10-year history. The others are Jim Otto and George Blanda. After his playing career was over, Cappelletti became a radio broadcaster and worked New England Patriots games from 1972-1978. He also spent time as an assistant coach with the team from 1979-1981 before returning to the broadcast booth from 1988-2011, a span that included working six Patriots Super Bowls. Cappelletti was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 1992.  

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.