Pro Football Player Deaths in 2013

Twenty-six of our alumni brothers have passed away since the beginning of the year.  They have risen!

I have attached a list – along with links to articles and/or obituary information on each of them.

I want to thank Ken Crippen for gathering this information. He is the Executive Director of the Professional Football Researchers Association. Here is a link to their website: 

They do a great job of keeping the memories of former players alive and well in the minds of the fans. We owe him and his organization a debt of gratitude for their work.

We don’t know what the future holds for each of us, but we should always live our lives as though today is our last day in this mortal coil.

Send up a prayer to the families and friends that these former players leave behind.

Harlon Hill: Link

Jack Wiley: Link

Bert Milling: Link

Dave Leggett: Link

Claudius James: Link  Cannot access Obituary. In the Columbian Progress, February 28, 2013

Jeff Durkota: Link

Tony Lorick: Link

Dick Yelvington: Link

Jim Canady: Link

Roy Stuart: Link

George Saimes: Link

Glynn Gregory: Link

John Holt: Link

Ken Clark: Link

Walt Easley: Link

Walt Sweeney: Link

Val Joe Walker: Link

George Brown: Link

Bill Albright: Link

John Diehl: Link

Angelo Coia: Link

Bryan Stoltenberg: Link

Jack Davis: Link

Jim Lesane: Link

Jeff Lewis: Link

Larry Bowie: Link


About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Posted on March 31, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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