The 21-year-old Hawaii running back was found dead in the water off the shore of an Oahu beach in the early hours of Nov. 30. Wilson was swimming with friends when a wave overcame him in shallow water. His friends noticed he was missing and authorities later found his body. Wilson had transferred to Hawaii after three seasons at Washington.
Thomas Howard, a linebacker who played eight seasons in the NFL until getting cut earlier in the 2013 season, died Nov. 18 after a high-speed crash on a freeway in Oakland, Calif. Howard, 30, was driving about 100 mph, witnesses say, when he hit a truck and flipped over the median into the lanes heading in the opposite direction, eventually landing on top of another car, killing its driver. Howard spent most of his career with the Oakland Raiders, becoming almost an immediate starter after being drafted in the second round out of Texas-El Paso in 2006. He went to the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent in 2011 but missed most of 2012 with a torn ACL. He played two games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 before being cut in November. In 2007 with Oakland, Howard intercepted six passes, returning two for touchdowns.
The American free diver died Nov. 17 during a sanctioned event in the Bahamas, where he was trying to set an American record in the 72-meter dive. Mevoli previously had set a different record in May when he became the first American to dive to 100 meters unassisted, but with the use of a monofin. The New York Times reports that Mevoli surfaced at the Bahamas competition, but "tipped backward into the ocean and lost consciousness." The International Association for the Development of Apnea, the governing body for the event, told the Times that Mevoli was the first athlete to die in an international competition in the sport's 21-year history. Mevoli was 32.
Dean, a former LSU basketball star and later the university's athletic director, died Nov. 17 at age 83. Dean is one of only three LSU players inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, along with Bob Pettit and Pete Maravich. He was the school's athletic director for 14 years, beginning in 1987. During that period, LSU teams won 27 national championships, along with 40 Southeastern Conference titles. From 1969 to 1987, Dean was an analyst on SEC basketball broadcasts. He became known for the phrase ''string music,'' using it to describe the sound of a basketball swishing through the net.
The legendary Raiders tight end had been suffering from liver disease and died Nov. 13 during surgery at a hospital in Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Christensen played for BYU during the late 1970s as a running back before switching to tight end when he turned professional. He was drafted by the Cowboys, but went on to fame when he was claimed off the waiver wire by the Raiders in 1979. A five-time Pro Bowler, he won two Super Bowls with the Silver and Black. Here, Christensen runs upfield after making a catch against the New York Giants in a 14-9 loss on Sept. 9, 1986, at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
Eddie Robinson Jr.
Family members say Eddie Robinson Jr. (right) — son of former Grambling State football coach Eddie Robinson — died the evening of Nov. 6 at a Dallas hospital after complications from a heart transplant. He was 70. The younger Robinson played for his father at Grambling, and later worked for him as an assistant coach. He was often referred to as "Coach Jr." Here, Oklahoma State Cowboys football coach Mike Gundy (left) poses for a photo with Eddie Robinson Jr. during the Eddie Robinson coach of the year award presentation.
Clarence "Ace" Parker
Parker, the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died on Nov. 6 at the age of 101. Parker played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University, then starred with the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers from 1937-41. He won the league's most valuable player award in 1940 for his exploits as a quarterback, defensive back and punter. After the 1941 season, Parker left football to serve in World War II. He returned after the war with the Boston Yanks in 1945 and finished his football career the following season in the rival American Football Conference playing quarterback for the New York Yankees. Parker coached football and baseball at Duke from 1947 until 1965. He also worked as an NFL scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers until his retirement in June 1987. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.
The Hall of Fame center averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA. The former Indiana star won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 and was the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Packers in 1961. He was the Rookie of the Year, averaging 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds, played in four All-Star games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. He died Saturday, Nov. 2 at the age of 74.
Bill Sharman died Oct. 25, a week after suffering a stroke. He was 87. Sharman, an All-Star guard for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s, became coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and led the team to its first NBA championship in Los Angeles in record-setting fashion. He led the 1971-72 squad to an NBA-record 33 straight wins.
K.S. "Bud" Adams, who died Monday at the age of 90, was much more than just the owner of the Tennessee Titans. He was one of the founding members of the AFL as owner of the Houston Oilers in 1959 and was instrumental in the merger with the NFL in 1970. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 and changed the name to the Titans in 1999.
Don James, the coach who led the University of Washington football team for 18 seasons and won a share of a national championships, died on Oct. 20 at the age of 80. James had a 153-58-2 record with the Huskies from 1975 to 1992 and took the team to six Rose Bowls. In 1991, undefeated Washington shared the national title, winning the coaches poll while Miami was voted No. 1 in the media poll. Before coming to Washington, James coached at Kent State, where his players included future Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert.
Rene Simpson, a former player, coach and longtime captain of Canada's Fed Cup tennis team, died Oct. 17 in Chicago, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, Team Canada said. She was 47. In doubles, she was ranked as high as No. 32.
Bum Phillips, known for his folksy talk and cowboy hat on the sideline while coaching in the NFL, died Oct. 18 at 90. Phillips coached the Earl Campbell era Houston Oilers — whom he took to two AFC Championship games — and also the New Orleans Saints. He was known for sayings — called Bumisms — such as: "There's two kinds of coaches, them that's fired and them that's gonna be fired." His son, Wade, a former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, is the Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator.
Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed was found shot to death early Oct. 18. The wide receiver from Chicago apparently was killed during a robbery, Ypsilanti, Mich., police said. The university's athletic director described Reed as an influential leader.
Boogie — a 100-pound, 8-year-old chocolate Labrador — was awarded a medal on Oct. 7, 2013, for finishing the Evansville (Ind.) Half Marathon ahead of 1,128 of the race's registered human participants. It was not a planned run, however. Owner Jerry Butts says Boogie escaped from him the night before the event and turned up at a gas station that was also serving as the starting line for the half-marathon. When the runners took off, Boogie ran with them, and he eventually completed the 13.1-mile race in two hours and 15 minutes, according to the Evansville Courier-Press. Sadly, Boogie passed away on Oct. 16, just more than a week after earning his medal. According to WFIE in Evansville, Boogie’s owners wrote on Facebook that the dog suffered a heart attack.
Just days after working the NLDS between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, Bell died in his home state of Ohio from an apparent heart attack on Oct. 14 at age 48. The 21-year big-league veteran worked three All-Star Games and the 2006 World Series, though he said his career highlight was returning to the field after open heart surgery in 1999.
Meriweather, a 10-year NBA veteran who played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the New Orleans Jazz, the New York Knicks and the Kansas City Kings, died unexpectedly on Oct. 14. He was 59 years old. After his NBA career, Meriweather (seen here taking a shot over Kevin McHale in 1981) coached women's basketball at Park University in Missouri, where he would become the program's most successful coach, leading the team to its only NAIA national championship tournament in the 2005-06 season.
Pafko reached the World Series four times in his 17-year major league career, becoming better known for the lovable losers with which he played than his successes in the Fall Classic. Pafko played on the 1945 Chicago Cubs, the last Cubs team to reach the World Series (they lost to Detroit in seven games). Seven years later, he played on the Brooklyn Dodgers (another seven-game loser, this time to the Yankees). He broke through in 1957, winning his only title with the Milwaukee Braves. Pafko, a career .285 hitter who twice led baseball in getting hit by a pitch, died on Oct. 8 at the age of 92 of apparent natural causes.
His accomplishments scream Hall of Fame: All-America, two-time national champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, noted by many as the game's first 7-footer. And indeed, he is enshrined in both the Naismith Memorial and National Collegiate Basketball halls of fame. Yet it could be argued Kurland is among the most anonymous Hall of Famers in any sport. Why? He carved out his collegiate greatness at Oklahoma A&M (which is now Oklahoma State), won national championships in 1945 and '46 (when the tournament was an eight-team field) and claimed gold in 1948 and '52. What's more, he never played professionally, opting to instead work for Phillips Petroleum and play with the company's Amateur Athletic Union team. Kurland died Sept. 29 at age 88 after a lengthy illness.
L.C. Greenwood, the relentless defensive end who made up one quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers' ''Steel Curtain'' defense of the 1970s, died from undisclosed causes on Sept. 29 at the age of 67. A six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Greenwood played for the Steelers from 1969 to 1981, helping Pittsburgh win an unprecedented four Super Bowls in a six-year span. Despite support from his teammates, Greenwood has not been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a finalist six times, the last coming in 2006.
Oliver played for the San Diego Chargers from 2007 to 2011, and team officials say the defensive back's best season was 2010, when he started eight times and recorded 62 tackles. The 29-year-old was found dead the night of Sept. 24 at his home in Marietta, Ga., about 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Police say Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Here, Oliver participates in a pregame warmup before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Nov. 16, 2008, in Pittsburgh.
Former Seattle Mariners owner Hiroshi Yamauchi, 85, died of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan. Yamauchi, who owned Nintendo for more than 50 years, sold the Mariners in 2004. Yamauchi's acquisition of the Mariners made the Seattle club the first in the major leagues to have foreign ownership.
A former heavyweight champion, Norton defeated Muhammad Ali by split decision in their first bout in 1973 — breaking Ali's jaw in the process. The fighters faced off two more times, with Ali narrowly winning both contests. In 1977, Norton won a heavyweight title eliminator and was declared champion by the World Boxing Council. He finished his career with a record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts. Norton died Sept. 18 at a local care facility in Las Vegas, his son said. He was 70. In this photo, Norton battles Jimmy Young in an eliminator WBC heavyweight fight on Nov. 5, 1977, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Norton won in a 15-round split decision.
Adams, who enjoyed a successful career at the University of Georgia in the late 1980s before playing in the NFL for nearly six seasons, died on Sept.16. No cause of death was given. Adams was second-team All-SEC and honorable mention All-America as a Bulldog in 1988, then began his NFL career with the Vikings in 1992. He made a career-high 10 starts in Minnesota in 1993 and finished his career with 58 games played in Minnesota, New Orleans, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Atlanta.
Mike Dunbar, a longtime college football coach who was an offensive coordinator at several schools, died Sept. 13 at 64. Dunbar had been battling cancer. Dunbar was coordinator most recently at Northern Illinois, having been forced to leave the post after one game last season because of his illness. He was also offensive coordinator at New Mexico State, Minnesota, California and Northwestern. Dunbar served as head coach at Northern Iowa and Central Washington, going 83-24-1.
Rick Casares, who held the Chicago Bears rushing record before Walter Payton, died Sept. 13 at 82. Casares played 10 seasons in Chicago, from 1955 to 1964, gaining 5,675 yards. He finished up his pro football career with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, retiring in 1966.
Jonathan Ferrell, 24, who played football for Florida A&M in 2009 and 2010, was shot and killed Sept. 14 by a North Carolina police officer. Ferrell was unarmed. He had been in a car wreck and was banging on the door of a nearby home seeking help. A resident called police, and when Ferrell ran toward the responding officers, he first was tased and then shot. The officer who shot Ferrell has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Tripucka was the first quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and he wore the No. 18 jersey long before Peyton Manning did. In fact, it was Tripucka who gave Manning his blessing to take the number in 2012. A former Notre Dame standout, Tripucka died Sept. 12 of what his son says was congestive heart failure. He was 85. Tripucka also played for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and Dallas Texans. He’s credited with throwing the first touchdown pass in American Football League history. In this Associated Press file photo from Sept. 30, 1962, Tripucka is seen driving through the New York Titans line to score on a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of an AFL game in New York.
Pasquale, 20, a redshirt freshman UCLA wideout, was hit by a car and killed while walking in San Clemente, Calif., early in the a.m. hours on Sept. 8. The San Clemente High School product walked on at UCLA last fall and played in the Bruins' 2013 opener vs. Nevada, but didn't have a reception. He earned the nickname 'Pacman' from his UCLA teammates while participating on the scout team in practices last season. It wasn't immediately clear whether Pasquale was trying to cross a street. Sheriff's Lt. Gary Strachan said the car's driver stopped, called authorities and stayed with Pasquale until they arrived.
Urbina, who won the 141-pound Youth Men's Division at the USA Boxing National Championships in April of 2013, died in a Phoenix hospital Sept. 5 after police found him severely beaten in his home two days earlier. While there was no sign of forced entry, police treated the death as a homicide after they found Urbina, 17, unconscious and covered in blood in the family's living room. Urbina's family said some of his boxing memorabilia was missing.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison died on Sept. 1 in Omaha, Neb. Morrison was 44. He beat George Foreman to win the WBO heavyweight title in 1993. He was probably best known for his role in 'Rocky V.'
Lane, a native of Australia, was a student at East Central University in Ada, Okla., attending on a baseball scholarship. On Aug. 16, while visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Okla., the 22-year-old Lane was shot to death, allegedly by a trio of teenagers who police say shot Lane for 'the fun of it.' According to police, boys aged 15, 16 and 17 saw Lane jog past a house they were in when they attacked. They claim the 17-year-old confessed to the crime.
Boyd, a 16-year-old prospect in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in Canada, died after collapsing at practice on Aug. 12. According to a league spokesperson, Boyd complained of discomfort following a wind sprint while practicing with Acadie-Bathurst Titan, with his father in the stands watching practice.
Roy Rubin, who had the misfortune to coach the worst team in NBA history, died Aug. 5 at age 87. Rubin, a successful college coach at Long Island University, was at the helm of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who lost the most games ever in one NBA season, going 9-73. Rubin didn't last the season, getting fired at the All-Star break after compiling a 4-47 record. He never coached again. Read more.
Johnny Logan, a four-time All-Star shortstop during a 13-year career with the Milwaukee Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates, died Aug. 9 at 86. He was a part of the 1957 Braves team — which featured Henry Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn — that upset the New York Yankees to win the World Series. Settling in Milwaukee after he retired, Logan became a staunch supporter of the Brewers and a frequent visitor to their ballpark.
Burr, a 16-year NHL veteran, died Aug. 5 at the age of 47 from brain trauma. Burr, suffering from leukemia at the time, died after falling at his home, according to a friend. Burr was a first-round pick by the Red Wings in 1984 and played with Detroit until 1995. In 878 career games with Detroit, Tampa Bay and San Jose, the center/winger tallied 181 goals, 259 assists and 1,069 penalty minutes.
Once the youngest owner in the NFL, Wolman (far left, pictured with current Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in 2010) died on Aug. 6 after battling an illness. He was 86. The Eagles were 30-51-3 while under Wolman's ownership in the 1960s and financial troubles forced him to sell the team, but after buying the team in 1963 at age 36 for $5.5 million, he sold it in 1969 for a then-NFL record $16.1 million. Wolman is also credited with being largely responsible for bringing the NHL to Philadelphia and for the construction of the Spectrum, the longtime home of the Flyers and 76ers.
Seebeck, a 19-year-old sophomore from Montgomery, Ala., died on Aug. 4, two days after she was involved in an auto accident. Seebeck, a midfielder on the Central Michigan University women's soccer team, and two other student-athletes at the school were driving along Interstate 69 near Lansing when their vehicle crashed and rolled over. In a statement, Seebeck's family said in a statement: 'This is a tragic loss for our family and for the Central Michigan family,' Seebeck's family said in a statement released through the school. 'She was a beautiful girl who we loved very much and still love very much. This has left a big hole in our family and we are touched by all the people who have reached out to us over the past few days. She was a wonderful, selfless person and we will miss her very much. We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.'
Art Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, died Sunday, August 4. He was 89. Back in the day when NFL players made little money, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Donovan played for the love of the game and the thrill of winning. He helped the Colts win championships in 1958 and 1959. But years after his football career ended, Donovan picked up a hobby: going on late-night television and telling his football or Marine stories or giving his completely unfiltered takes on the current state of the NFL.
Oscar 'Ossie' Schectman
Sure a group of former Toronto Huskies try to pry the ball from Ossie Schectman in this 1996 photo, but they couldn't stop him 50 years earlier. On Nov. 1, 1946, Schectman, then with the New York Knicks, scored the first points in the history of the NBA. The former guard died on July 30 at the age of 94.
Texas A&M freshman Polo Manukainiu died July 29 in a car crash. He was 19 years old. Gaius 'Keio Vaenuku, an incoming freshman at Utah, and another teen also died in the crash. Vaenuku was 18.
Ecuador international and former Club America striker Christian Benitez died July 29 after suffering cardiorespiratory arrest. He was 27 years old.
George Scott, a three-time All-Star first baseman, died on July 28 at the age of 69. "Boomer" hit 271 career homers during his 14-year MLB stint, and spent most of his career playing for the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Antonelli finished ninth overall in his first season of World Supersport competition in 2012. He joined the Go Eleven team for the 2013 season. Antonelli, 25, was killed in a horrific crash in the World Supersport race in Moscow on July 21.
The star guard for Mississippi State from 1960-63 died Saturday at his home in Starkville, Miss., at the age of 72. Mitchell led the Bulldogs to three SEC titles, but it was his off-the-court heroics that truly stood out. Leading the charge in 1963, his Bulldogs famously snuck out of the state to play in the NCAA tournament when Mississippi state law discouraged the all-white Bulldogs from competing against teams with black players. MSU played Loyola University of Chicago on March 15 and lost 61-51, but the game is widely seen as the beginning of the end of segregation in college sports. (Photo courtesy of Mississippi State)
Former Dodgers pitcher Justin Miller was found dead at 35 on June 26. Miller was also one of the first pitchers in MLB to have his arms covered in tattoos. In 2004, MLB required Miller to wear long sleeves when he pitched after hitters were complaining that his tattoos were distracting them. The ruling came to be known as the "Justin Miller Rule."
Safety Jim Hudson helped the New York Jets to their only NFL Super Bowl title in 1969. He died on June 25 at age 70 in Austin, Texas. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Simonsen, a former Danish Formula Ford champion, was considered to be one of the most versatile GT drivers in the world, having competed in Europe, America and Australia, with numerous wins and championships to his credit. Simonsen suffered fatal injuries after a third-lap accident on June 22, during the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 34-year-old Dane lost control at Tetre Rouge before making heavy contact with the barriers. He died later at the circuit medical center.
Dave Jennings was the most prolific punter in New York Giants franchise history. Jennings played for the Giants from 1974-84 and holds franchise records for punts (931) and yards (38,792). After leaving the Giants, Jennings punted for the Jets from 1985-87. He worked as a radio commentator for Jets games from 1988-2001 and joined the Giants radio booth in 2002. Jennings died June 19 at his home in Upper Saddle River, NJ, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 61.
Gene Mako (right) played his best tennis as part of a doubles tandem with friend and long-time partner Don Budge (left). The duo won two Wimbledon titles as well as two U.S. Championships. Mako's best result as a singles player came in 1938, when he made it to the finals of the Men's National Singles Championship. However, he lost the finals match to Budge. Mako died on June 14 at the age of 97 from natural causes.
Scott Winkler, a 23-year-old Dallas Stars prospect, was found dead at his parents' home in Norway on June 12, 2013. Winkler was a third-round draft pick by the Stars in 2008. He had just finished his senior year at Colorado College and was planning to play with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League next season.
The 37-year-old NASCAR veteran died on June 12 after a wreck in a heat race at a dirt track in New Jersey. Leffler, a veteran of trucks, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races, won twice on the Nationwide Series in his career and raced in the Sprint Cup race at Pocono the weekend before his death. One of the more popular drivers in NASCAR, he was known as LefTurn and his death led to instant memorialization on Twitter.
Former PGA Tour golfer Barber, shown in a 2010 photo, died June 11 at age 82. Nicknamed "Mr. X," he played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and 50-and-over Champions Tour circuit. He won 11 times in 694 PGA Tour starts and added 24 victories in 603 events on the Champions Tour.
Former Miami (OH) University head coach Charlie Coles died at age 71 in June. Coles was a two-time Mid-American Conference coach of the year and had 263 victories, the school's all-time record, at Miami. He also was the Mid-American Conference's all-time leader in conference wins with 218. He had a career record of 355-308 over 22 seasons at Miami and Central Michigan.
David 'Deacon' Jones
The Pro Football Hall of Fame DE known as the 'Secretary of Defense' died at the age of 74. Jones was known for coining the term 'sack,' although his official sack stats in the NFL are unknown because sacks weren't an official stat until 1982. Jones was drafted by the Rams in 1961 and played most of his career with the franchise before also playing for the Chargers and Redskins toward the end of his career. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and the leader of the Rams' Fearsome Foursome unit from 1961-71.
Yocum was the Angels' team physician for 36 years, but he was also an elite orthopedic surgeon who prolonged the careers of countless major leaguers. An expert in Tommy John surgery, the elbow ligament replacement procedure that he performed on current Nationals pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann (among many others), Yocum died of liver cancer in late May 2013 at age 66. Commissioner Bud Selig called him "a giant in the field of sports medicine." He worked for the renowned Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.
Ken Venturi, a former U.S. Open winner who spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports, died at 82, just 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He captured his only major in the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, the last year the final round was 36 holes. In oppressive heat, Venturi showed signs of dehydration and a doctor recommended he stop playing because it could be fatal. But Venturi pressed on to the finish, closed with a 70 and was heard to say, ''My God, I've won the U.S. Open.''
Richard 'Dick' Trickle
Trickle, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, died May 16 at the age of 71 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a release from the Lincoln County (NC) Sheriff's Office. Trickle made 303 Cup starts from 1970-2002. He earned 36 top-10 finishes, 15 of them top-fives.
Muncie, shown carrying the ball for the Chargers in a 1983 game against the Raiders in Los Angeles, died May 13 of a heart attack at the age of 60. Muncie tallied 6,702 rushing yards and 71 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons. He was a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl running back.
The Pittsburgh native made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of St. Bonaventure in 1951, developing into one of the top defensive backs of his era. He played nine seasons with the Steelers, collecting 52 interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl four times and was named to the All-NFL first team three times before retiring in 1959. Butler was elected to the Hall of Fame by the senior committee in 2012. He died on May 11 at the age of 85 after a lengthy battle with a staph infection.
Sauer played a key role in the Jets' 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl, catching eight passes from Joe Namath in one of the greatest upsets in pro football history. Sauer played for the Jets from 1965-70, but left the game after the 1970 season still in his prime because, he said at the time, he was unhappy with the way the game treated players. Sauer had at least 1,000 yards receiving for three straight years from 1966-68, with his best season coming in 1967 when he led the AFL with 75 catches for 1,189 yards and six touchdowns. He died May 7 at age 69 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Drewett, a former tour player who led the ATP as executive chairman and president since January 2012, died May 3 after a battle with motor neurone disease. He was 54. Drewett was a top-40 singles and top-20 doubles player before he retired in 1990. He was hired in 2006 to lead operations in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific regions, and later played a key role in securing significant prize money increases for all four grand slam events.
Camp (shown here with beard), who compiled 56 wins as a starter and reliever with the Atlanta Braves from 1976 to 1985, was found dead in his Rydal, Ga., home from unknown causes on April 25. He was 60. Camp made 65 starts and 349 relief appearances but is perhaps best remembered for an 18th-inning home run off Tom Gorman on July 4, 1985, in a game ultimately won by the Mets 16-13 in 19 innings. That was the only big league homer by Camp, who finished with a .074 average (13 for 175). After baseball, Camp became a lobbyist and was indicted by a federal grand jury and sentenced to three years in prison in 2005 for conspiring to steal more than $2 million from a mental health agency. Four others were sentenced in the case.
The well-known NFL broadcaster died on April 16. A fixture in the booth along with John Madden, Summerall called 16 Super Bowls on broadcast television, 11 of them as a play-by-play man. Born in Lake City, Florida in 1930, Summerall spent 10 years as a player in the NFL, mostly as a kicker after playing college ball at Arkansas. He started as a broadcaster with CBS in 1962. In 1981 he was paired by John Madden and the two became household names. He joined FOX in 1994 with Madden to become the network's lead announce team for its first year of NFL coverage. He retired in 2004. He was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994 with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for "exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football." Five years later, Summerall was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
Richard, 8, was the first fatality of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings to be identified. Together with his father, mother and two siblings, Martin was attempting to make his way to the street shortly after getting ice cream when the second bomb went off, killing him. Images of the boy, particularly this one of him holding a sign that read, 'No More Hurting People. Peace.' added to the shock and pain of the incident (he was the youngest person killed in the attack). Initial reports were that his mother, Denise, and 6-year-old sister Jane were badly injured by the blast, while his father Bill and older brother Henry were not seriously injured.
Campbell was the second person identified as having been killed in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. Campbell, 29, was a huge fan of the marathon, watching near the finish line and never missing a race, according to the Boston Globe. She was a restaurant manager from Medford, Mass., and at the time of the bombings was standing with a friend, who was reportedly seriously injured.
Lu was a Chinese graduate student at Boston University and had gone with two friends to the finish line of the Boston Marathon when she was killed in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. The school confirmed her identity two days after the bombings. One of her friends was reportedly also injured in the attack. Lu, 23, attended the Beijing Institute of Technology before arriving in Boston in 2012 to study mathematics and statistics and her death made national headlines in her homeland.
Hatton played 12 seasons in the majors with six teams and also managed the Houston Astros in the 1960s. The former third baseman hit .254 with 91 home runs and 533 RBI in 1,312 major league games. He died on April 11, 2013 of natural causes.
Fairbanks, who coached Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens at Oklahoma and spent six seasons as coach of the New England Patriots, died on April 2, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz., after battling brain cancer. He was 79.
One of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys," Pardee went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and NFL coach. Pardee played three seasons at Texas A&M and was the 14th overall pick in the 1957 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played for the Rams from 1957-64, sat out a year to deal with melanoma, and played seven more seasons. He finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins in 1973. He was the Chicago Bears' head coach from 1975-77 and led the Redskins from 1978-80. In 1987, Pardee became the coach at the University of Houston and brought along the fast-paced ''Run-and-Shoot'' offense. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Jimenez, the weightlifter who won gold in 2000 in Sydney to become Mexico's first female Olympic champion, died of a heart attack at the end of March 2013. She was 35. After retiring from the sport, Jimenez became a sportscaster for the Televisa television network.
Weider wasn't the biggest man in bodybuilding (though he was pretty ripped in his day), nor was he its biggest name. But the man who may fit both billings would not be the global supertsar he is today without him. On March 23, Weider, the man who brought bodybuilding to the mainstream, died at age 93 from heart failure. No singular act was bigger for the sport than when Weider introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world in the early 1970s. The two remained close through the decades, as evidenced by this 2009 photo.
Hill, who died March 21 at age 80 after a long illness, was a standout receiver at both the collegiate and professional level. In 1954, the year this photo was taken, he won the NFL Rookie of the Year Award after being drafted in the 15th round. A year later, he was the NFL's first MVP. In nine seasons with Chicago, Pittsburgh and Detroit, he caught 233 balls for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns. And how good was he at North Alabama? For the past 27 seasons, the Division II player of the year has been given the Harlon Hill Trophy.
Lowe (right) and Sir Edmund Hillary, left, were greeted with cheers when they returned to New Zealand on Aug. 8, 1953. The pair were the only New Zealanders on the 1953 attempt to climb the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. Lowe and a small group established the final camp below the summit on Mat 28. The next day, Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal reached the 29,035 foot (8,850 meter) peak. Lowe was the last surviving climber from the team and died March 20 at age 89.
On July 28, 1980 Italy's Pietro Mennea claims his victory and gold medal finish by raising his hands and yelling just after crossing finish line at the Moscow Olympics. He won the race in 20.19 seconds. Mennea, who held the 200-meter world record from 1979 to 1996 when Micheal Johnson of the United States set a new world record, died in a Rome clinic on March 21, 2013 after reportedly battling a long illness.
The 30-year-old pregnant coach for the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team was killed when the team's bus crashed on the morning of March 16, 2013. Her unborn child also did not survive. The team was headed to a game when the bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and into a tree.
One of the most decorated high school coaches in New York history, Curran died on March 14 from lung and kidney problems. He was 82. Curran is the only coach in New York City to win a city championship in both basektball and baseball in the same year — and he did it four times at Archbishop Molloy (where he succeeded famed St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca). In all, he won five city titles in hoops and 17 in baseball, winnning more than 2,700 games in the two combined sports. Among the players he coached are Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson and Russ Smith, the last going on to score 28 points for Louisville in a Big East tournament win the night Curran died.
Martin (left) of Philadelphia, is seen here during the last bout of his career against Julio Cesar Chavez. Martin, a former welterweight, was fatally shot on March 8, 2013, in an altercation with a visitor at one of his rental properties in his hometown. He was 52.
Canadian music legend Stompin' Tom Connors died on March 6 from natural causes at age 77, but he is sure to live on in hockey arenas for generations. Connors, who recorded more than 60 albums, is most famous for 'The Hockey 'Song,' which is still played in NHL arenas to this day. In fact, 'The Hockey Song' is one of three Connors songs played at every Maple Leafs home game. So big in his native country was Connors that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took to Twitter after learning about the singer's death: 'We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin' Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played.'
William Moody aka 'Paul Bearer'
Moody aka "Paul Bearer" died in early March 2013 at age 58. He was the pasty-faced, urn-carrying manager for performers The Undertaker and Kane on WWE for more than a decade. Moody joined WWE in 1990 and was known for his catchphrase, "Ooohhh yeeesss!" and his unique facial expressions.
Arizona State University Hall of Fame member Tony Lorick, who played six seasons in the NFL, died Feb. 17 at the age of 71. Lorick was a first-round draft pick of the AFL's Oakland Raiders (No. 7 overall) and NFL's Baltimore Colts (No. 22) in 1964 and ultimately signed with the Colts. Lorick played four seasons in Baltimore and two with the New Orleans Saints before retiring in 1969.
Amateur boxer Jerimiah Moen (pictured on left with fiance Megan Link) died on Feb. 20, 2013 at a hospital. Moen, 29, collapsed after a fight in East Grand Forks, Minn. Moen was named a Golden Gloves regional champion last year.
Dr. Jerry Buss
Buss, shown in 2010 at the Basketball Hall of Fame, died Feb. 18 after a battle with cancer. The longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers had been hospitalized and had not attended any games this season after being a fixture in the team's luxury suites. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979 from Jack Kent Cooke, along with the Forum, the NHL's Kings (which he later sold), and a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas for a total of $67.5 million. The Lakers have won 10 NBA championships since Buss purchased the team and 16 overall, one behind the Boston Celtics.
Kurys was the speedster of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She stole 201 bases in 1946 while playing for the Racine Belles in the league that inspired the movie 'A League of Their Own'. She died on Feb. 17 at the age of 87 after complications from surgery.
Former Duke guard Phil Henderson (pictured in a 1990 Final Four game vs. Arkansas) died Feb. 17 at his home in the Philippines at the age of 44. No cause of death was given. Henderson was the leading scorer of the Duke team that lost to UNLV in the 1990 championship game, averaging 18.5 points a game. He played internationally as a professional.
The Fresno State icon, who coached the football team for 19 seasons and retired with a school-record 144 victories, died Feb. 8 at the age of 83. Sweeney also coached Montana State and Washington State before he was hired by Fresno State in 1976. He retired following the 1996 season, and the field at Bulldog Stadium was renamed in his honor. He finished with 200 wins in 32 seasons as a head coach. During Sweeney's time with the Bulldogs, they had 35 players selected in the NFL Draft. Sweeney, a native of Butte, Mont., also spent time as an assistant coach with the NFL's Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Cardinals.
Edgar Douglas Kenna II
The quarterback of Army's 1944 undefeated national championship team died Jan. 28 at the age of 88. Kenna, who was class president his senior year, was also the captain of Army's one-loss basketball team and the school's undefeated tennis team in 1944. Kenna, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, played one season of football at the University of Mississippi before being recruited to West Point. He also had a successful business career as an executive for a number of companies and he was the head of the National Association of Manufacturers in the 1970s.
The standout offensive lineman died Feb. 2 at age 71 from pancreatic cancer. Sweeney was drafted by the Chargers in 1963, played through the 1970 merger and was eventually named to the team's Hall of Fame. He was both good and durable, playing in nine straight All-Star Games / Pro Bowls and playing in 181 straight games.
Cal State Fullerton assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan, 28, and her fiance Keith Lawrence, 27, were found shot to death on Feb. 3 at their Irvine, Calif., condominium complex. Their suspected killer was fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. Lawrence and Quan played basketball at Concordia University, and Quan was in her second season as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton.
Moore, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Jan. 31 at the age 25. Moore had been staying at a hospital in Grand Junction since the crash in Aspen on Jan. 24. His death is the first in the 18-year history of the X Games. A former all-terrain vehicle racer, Moore switched over to snowmobiles as a teenager and quickly rose to the top of the sport. He won four Winter X Games medals.
The former Arizona State football player died on Feb. 2, 2013 from injuries suffered in a stabbing. Thompson, 27, played for the Sun Devils from 2003 to 2007 as a tight end and wide receiver. After graduating, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts but did not appear in an NFL game. Thompson was working as a bouncer at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, police reports say, when a group of patrons was removed from the bar and instigated a fight just after 1 a.m. During the incident, Thompson was stabbed five times in the back, hip and arm.
The longtime University of Miami baseball coach — dubbed "the wizard of college baseball" — died Jan. 20 at the age of 79 after fighting Alzheimer's disease for many years. Fraser coached the national teams from the United States and the Netherlands, is a member of 10 different Halls of Fame, won two NCAA baseball championships and never had a losing record in a 30-year career with the Hurricanes. In addition to his amazing success, however, Fraser's legacy will be — as he once said — his penchant for "doing crazy things out there" to drum up interest or money for his Miami program.
The Hall of Fame manager died Jan. 19 at the age of 82 while on an Orioles cruise to the Caribbean. He managed the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons, garnering an impressive .583 winning percentage. Known for his innovative managerial style and his colorful confrontations with umpires, the Earl of Baltimore won 1,480 games, had five 100-win seasons and won six American League East titles, four pennants and the 1970 World Series.
The legendary St. Louis Cardinals player died Jan. 19 at the age of 92. The Hall of Fame slugging outfielder He hit .300 or better in 16 consecutive seasons and won seven NL batting titles. A three-time MVP, Musial (shown at the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis) spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24 times — baseball held two All-Star Games each summer for a few seasons. He finished one home run shy of capturing the NL Triple Crown in 1948.
Gertrude 'Gussie' Moran
Moran, who shocked the modest midcentury tennis world when she took the court at Wimbledon in 1949 with a short skirt and ruffled underwear, died Jan. 16 at age 89 in Los Angeles. Her striking fashion statement at the age of 25 appeared on magazine covers around the world, the British press dubbing her "Gorgeous Gussie." Moran was ranked as high as fourth in the United States, reached the doubles final at Wimbledon and reached the singles semifinals at the US Open.
George Gund III
Gund, the original owner of the San Jose Sharks, died Jan. 15 at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. Gund and his brother Gordon relinquished their ownership stake in the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 in exchange for the rights to an expansion team in the Bay Area. The Sharks played their first game in October 1991. Gund sold the franchise to Sharks Sports & Entertainment in 2002 but continued to attend games. He previously held ownership roles with the NHL's California Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons and the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He also was the longtime chairman of the San Francisco Film Society.
Lewis, the wide receivers coach for Northern Arizona and a former Lumberjacks quarterback who played for Denver and Carolina in the NFL, died Jan. 5 at the age of 39. As a player at NAU from 1992-95, Lewis completed 785 of 1,315 passes for 9,639 yards and 67 touchdowns. He was inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame in 2003. Lewis appeared in five games for the Broncos in 1996-98 and seven for the Panthers in 1999-2000. He completed 28 of 54 attempts for 210 yards and threw two interceptions.
Stoltenberg, an All-America offensive lineman for the Colorado Buffaloes, died on Jan. 4 in his home in Sugarland, Texas, at the age of 40. Stoltenberg had undergone several surgeries after being in a car accident in December, the school said on its website. A two-time, first-team All-Big Eight center in the mid-1990s, Stoltenberg was picked by San Diego in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played 50 games for the Chargers, New York Giants and Carolina Panthers.
Elliott was the longest-tenured executive director in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's history before his death on Jan. 4. He was 86. Elliott served as the museum's director from 1979-1996 and continued as a member of the Hall's board of trustees in his retirement. Elliott also was head football coach at Illinois from 1960-66. He was an All-American quarterback at Michigan in the 1940s before a long coaching career. He led Illinois to the 1964 Rose Bowl. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.