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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Sports

    Darryl Dawkins: Born: 1957-01-11 - Died: 2015-08-27
    Darryl Dawkins was a famous NBA player who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz. His nickname was Chocolate Thunder, and he was known for his dunks, which shattered backboards on more than one occasion and led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims.
    Justin Wilson: Born: 1978-07-31 - Died: 2015-08-24
    Justin Wilson was a race car driver from the U.K. who began competing part-time in the IndyCar Series before his death. He drove the No. 25 Honda for Andretti Autosport.
    Buddy Baker: Born: 1941-01-25 - Died: 2015-08-10
    Buddy Baker (whose real name was Elzie Wylie Baker, Jr.) was an American NASCAR driver. He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998, and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995. He won the 1980 Daytona 500, the 1970 Southern 500, the 1968, 1972, and 1973 World 600, […]
    Frank Gifford: Born: 1930-08-16 - Died: 2015-08-09
    Frank Gifford was an American football player and sportscaster. He played with the New York Giants for twelve years and called games on ABC’s Monday Night Football.
    Roddy Piper: Born: 1954-04-17 - Died: 2015-07-31
    Roddy Piper, also known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Hot Rod” (real name: Roderick George “Roddy” Toombs) was a professional wrestler and an actor from Canada, but known more for his Scottish heritage, which he used heavily as part of his wrestling persona. Piper was one of the bets-known stars in professional wrestling history, up […]
    Bill Arnsparger: Born: 1926-12-16 - Died: 2015-07-17
    Bill Arnsparger was an American college and pro football coach. ProFootballTalk calls him one of the best head coaches and one of the best defensive coordinators of the 1970s. He held various coaching positions with the Dolphins, Colts, and Giants.
    Ken Stabler: Born: 1945-12-25 - Died: 2015-07-08
    Ken Stabler was an American football player. Nicknamed “The Snake”, Stabler played for the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers, and New Orleans Saints – spending the most time with the Raiders (1970-1979). As a quarterback, Stabler led the Raiders to a Super Bowl title in 1974.
    Jack Steadman: Born: 1928-09-14 - Died: 2015-07-05
    Jack Steadman was a football executive who was chairman, vice president, president, and GM for the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired in 2007.
    Charlie Sanders: Born: 1946-08-25 - Died: 2015-07-02
    Charlie Sanders was a tight end for the Detroit Lions from 1968 to 1977. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He played college ball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 1968 draft. He started for ten seasons and […]
    Dusty Rhodes: Born: 1945-10-12 - Died: 2015-06-11
    Dusty Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Runnels Jr., was a professional wrestler for the World Wrestling Federation, WCW, ECW, independent circuit, Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, and WWE. He was known as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.
    Bob St. Clair: Born: 1931-02-18 - Died: 2015-04-20
    Bob St. Clair was a football player, who played offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers from 1953 to 1963. He made 5 Pro Bowls, and earned 9 All-Pro selections. He was a 1990 inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the 49ers have retired his number (79). He was nicknamed The Geek […]
    Jerry Tarkanian: Born: 1930-08-08 - Died: 2015-02-11
    Jerry Tarkanian was a basketball coach, who coached for UNLV from 1973 to 1992, for the San Antonio Spurs in 1992, and for Fresno State from 1995 to 2002.
    Dean Smith: Born: 1931-02-28 - Died: 2015-02-07
    Dean Smith was a college basketball coach and a member of the hall of fame. He was an assistant coach at Kansas, Air Force, and North Carolina, before becoming the head coach of North Carolina from 1961 to 1997. He also coached the U.S. Men’s national team in 1976.
    Violetta Degtiareva: Born: 1991-07-09 - Died: 2015-01-12
    Violetta Degtiareva was an Russian tennis player who some described as “the next Anna Kournikova”. Before her untimely death, Degtiareva was one of the highest-earning stars on the pro circuit.
    Stuart Scott: Born: 1965-07-19 - Died: 2015-01-04
    Stuart Scott was a sports broadcaster and television anchor for ESPN, best known for his many years on the network’s flagship show SportsCenter. One of the most influential figures in sportscasting, Scott was known for his use of wildly inventive catchphrases
    Oscar Taveras: Born: 1992-06-19 - Died: 2014-10-26
    Oscar Taveras was a Dominican-born baseball player, signed by the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2008. After six impressive seasons in the minor leagues, Taveras was called up to the big leagues in 2014. Highly touted coming out of the minors, Taveras played the outfield – mostly center field.
    Scott Ross: Born: Unknown - Died: 2014-09-21
    Scott Ross was a former All-American linebacker and brief NFL player. He was a 3-time All-Pac 10 first teamer. He participated in the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl following his 1990 senior season.
    Rob Bironas: Born: 1978-01-29 - Died: 2014-09-20
    Rob Bironas was an American football player. After being signed by the NFL’s Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2002, Bironas made his way around arena football before finally landing the job as the Tennessee Titan’s placekicker. He held that position from 2005 to 2013. Bironas, one of the most accurate kickers […]
    Sean O’Haire: Born: 1971-02-25 - Died: 2014-09-09
    Sean O’Haire was a professional wrestler, kickboxer, and martial artist. His real name was just Sean Haire. He appeared in both WCW and WWE wrestling. He was a three-time WCW World Tag Team Champion, and was named Rookie of the Year in 2000 by Wrestling Observer. He retired from wrestling in 2006, and went on […]
    Jay Adams: Born: 1961-02-03 - Died: 2014-08-14
    Jay Adams was an American skateboarder, though of as one of if not the most influential of all time. He was part of the legendary Z-Boys skating group, and was the subject of the much-acclaimed 2011 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys and the subsequent dramatization of his story, 2005’s Lords of Dogtown.
    Tony Gwynn: Born: 1960-05-09 - Died: 2014-06-16
    Tony Gwynn was a baseball player, who played for the San Diego Padres. In fact, he was nicknamed Mr. Padre (as well as Captain Video). He played 20 seasons all with the same team. He was a five-time Gold Glove winner and a fifteen-time All Star.
    Don Zimmer: Born: 1931-01-17 - Died: 2014-06-04
    Don Zimmer is a baseball legend, having spent 66 years of his life affiliated with professional baseball. He played in the MLB from 1954 to 1965, with the Chicago Cubs, Dodgers, New York Mets, Cincinnati Red, and Washington Senators. In 1953, in a minor league game, Zimmer was hit in the head by a pitch […]
    Lee Marshall: Born: 1949-11-28 - Died: 2014-04-26
    Lee Marshall was a pro wrestling announcer for the American Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling, and Women of Wrestling. He was perhaps known even better, however, by his voice, which was used for Tony the Tiger in Frosted Flakes commercials.
    Elena Baltacha: Born: 1983-08-14 - Died: 2014-05-04
    Elena Baltacha was a professional tennis player. She won the Aegon Award four times, and was a long-term British No. 1.
    Jack Ramsay: Born: 1925-02-21 - Died: 2014-04-28
    Jack Ramsay was a basketball coach and commentator commonly referred to as “Dr. Jack.” He won an NBA titles in 1977 as the head coach of the Portland Trailblazers, and after his coaching career came to a close he spent years working as a broadcaster for ESPN.
    Rubin “Hurricane” Carter: Born: 1937-05-06 - Died: 2014-04-20
    Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was a boxer, who was wrongly convicted of murder, and spent nearly 20 years in prison before being freed.
    Ralph Wilson: Born: 1918-10-17 - Died: 2014-03-25
    Ralph Wilson was the founder and owner of the NFL franchise the Buffalo Bills. His roots in American football run much deeper than that, however, as he was also one of the founding owners of the American Football League. The AFL and the NFL merged in 1970.
    Ralph Kiner: Born: 1922-10-27 - Died: 2014-02-06
    Kiner, 91, was a Baseball Hall of Famer and sports broadcaster. He played professional baseball from 1946 to 1956 – mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. After that, he became a sports announcer and broadcaster well known for his show “Kiner’s Korner.”
    Todd Williams: Born: 09-04-1978 - Died: 06-01-2014
    Todd Williams was an American offensive tackle who played for the Tennessee Titans. He was drafted in 2003 after playing college football for Florida State.
    Mike McCormack: Born: 1930-06-21 - Died: 2013-11-15
    Mike McCormack was an NFL coach known for coaching a variety of teams during his career, including the Eagles, the Colts, and the Seahawks. In 1993 McCormack was hired as the general manager of the new NFL team the Carolina Panthers.