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A Somber Start to Football Season

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A Somber Start to Football Season

Steelers legend L.C. Greenwood is one of several football players and coaches who have died in recent weeks. Read about the gridiron greats we've lost.

L.C. Greenwood (1946 - 2013), the relentless defensive end who made up one quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers' "Steel Curtain" defense of the 1970s. Read more






RIP James Street (1948 - 2013): The Passing of a Real Player In times of turmoil and uncertainty, there is an opening for someone to cut through the chaos and establish a certain sustainable stability. For Texas Longhorns fans, James Street would be that person and would endear himself as the epitome of a gritty, tough competitor in both football and baseball. Read more






Legendary coach Paul Dietzel (1924 - 2013) led the LSU Tigers to their first football national championship. Read more






Ex-Charger Paul Oliver died by suicide at 29. The ex-Georgia Bulldog was a 2007 fourth-round supplemental Chargers draft pick who appeared in 57 NFL games, all with San Diego from 2008 to 2011. Read more






Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker John Reger (1931 - 2013) starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins in the 1950s and '60s. Read more






Rick Casares (1931 - 2013): A Bear Who Got Yards With Grit Two decades before Walter Payton rewrote rushing records in Chicago and across the N.F.L. with dazzling, acrobatic performances, Casares, a former star at the University of Florida, pounded the way forward for the Bears, often scratching out 3 and 4 yards at a time. He frequently played injured and later in life had two knee replacements, shoulder surgery and other operations. “He was the toughest guy I ever played with,” Mike Ditka said. Read more





Frank Tripucka (1927 - 2013) was the first quarterback for the Broncos and the original No. 18 in Denver. Read more