Notable Sports Deaths In 2019

Minnesota Vikings vĀ Green Bay Packers

Bart Starr:

The first ever Packers quarterback Bart Starr passed away on May 26th 2019. He suffered two strokes and a heart attack earlier in the decade. The Packers Hall of Famer was the quarterback in Green Bay from 1963-1968 and once again in 1971.

Green Bay Packers v Indianapolis Colts

Cedric Benson:

Former Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals running back who was also a dominant force for the University of Texas before an eight-year career in the National Football League, died on Saturday. The 36-year-old running back was driving his BMW motorcycle with a female passenger in Austin, Texas when he slammed into a minivan that was trying to make a left turn across his lane of traffic. Both Benson and the passenger passed away.

Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions - November 24, 2005

Charles Rogers:

Former Detroit Lions wide receiverĀ Charles Rogersdied following a battle with cancer and liver disease. He was 38 years old. According toTMZ, he was awaiting a liver transplant when he passed away. The Lions took Rogers with the second pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Despite setting the Michigan State record for most touchdowns in a career with 27 in just two seasons, Rogers never found success in the NFL. He would only play 15 games with the Lions and had his career derailed due to injuries and suspensions.

Houston Astros  v Los Angeles Dodgers

Don Newcombe:

Don Newcombe, the intimidating right-handed pitcher who was the first player in major league history to have won rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, died at the age of 92. A true Dodger legend.

Oleksandr Usyk v Chazz Witherspoon

Patrick Day:

After Conwell, knocked Day out in the 10th round, Day appeared to be down for several minutes as a medical team rushed in to check out his injuries. Eventually he was taken out of the ring on a stretcher, and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead four days later.

Willie Brown:

Raiders legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown has passed away at the age of 78. Brown joined the Raiders in 1967, acquired by Raiders owner Al Davis after four seasons with the Denver Broncos. He played for the Raiders through 1978 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1984.

Detroit Lions v Denver Broncos

Gunther Cunningham

Gunther Cunningham, who spent more than five decades in football. Cunningham was born in Germany and grew up in California before going to the University of Oregon to play football.

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