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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Sports

    Alex Karras: Born: 1935-07-35 - Died: 2012-10-10
    Alex Karras was a well-known professional wrestler, football player, actor, and sports commentator from Gary, Indiana. Karras is most known for his involvement with the Detroit Lions, and also for playing “Mongo” on the 1974 movie of Blazing Saddles. During Karras’ NFL career with the Detroit Lions, Karras has been praised as being one of [...]
    Steve Sabol: Born: 1942-10-02 - Died: 2012-09-18
    Steve Sabol was a well-known film producer and cameraman from Moorestown, New Jersey. Sabol is mostly known for his involvement and serving as president for NFL Films. Steve joined his father Ed in NFL Films after graduating college in 1964. Steve served as a cameraman for many years, and then progressed to editor and writer [...]
    Art Modell: Born: 1925-06-23 - Died: 2012-09-06
    Art Modell was a well-known NFL franchiser and team owner from Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his ownership of The Cleveland Browns (1961–1995) and The Baltimore Ravens (1996–2004) professional football teams. Modell bought his first football team (The Cleveland Browns) in 1961 after being active in an advertising career. After moving to Maryland [...]
    Jimmy Carr: Born: 1933-03-25 - Died: 2012-08-14
    Jimmy Carr (born as James Henry Carr) was a well-known professional football player from Cabin Creek, West Virginia. Carr is mostly known for his involvement with the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. Apart from his involvement with the Philadelphia Eagles (1959-1963), Jimmy Carr also played pro football with the Chicago Cardinals (1955-1957) along with the [...]
    Johnny Pesky: Born: 1919-09-27 - Died: 2012-08-13
    Johnny Pesky was born John Michael Paveskovich, and became known as John Michael “Johnny” Pesky. He was also nicknamed “The Needle”. He was an American baseball player, who played shortstop and third base for ten years in the Major League. He went on to become a manager and coach. While he played for the Washington [...]
    Kirk Urso: Born: 1990-03-06 - Died: 2012-08-05
    Kirk Urso was a well-known soccer player (midfielder position) from Downers Grove, Illinois. While attending college at the University of North Carolina, Urso was a 2011 NSCAA All-South Region First Team selection. After his college soccer career, The Columbus Crew (an American professional soccer club, based in Columbus, Ohio which competes in Major League Soccer) [...]
    Fred Matua: Born: 1984-01-14 - Died: 2012-08-05
    Fred Matua was a well-known football player from Wilmington, California. During high school, Matua prepped at Banning High School (in Los Angeles, CA), and in college, played for the USC Trojans. During his professional carrer in the National Football League (NFL), Matua played for the following teams: 2006: Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns [...]
    Dara Singh: Born: 1928-12-19 - Died: 2012-07-12
    Dara Singh was a well-known wrestler-turned-actor from Punjab, India. He was well-known for portraying the Hindu Monkey God “Hanuman” in various Indian television shows. Apart from his TV appearances, Singh also was involved with the Indian style of boxing known as Pehlwani, and excelled at this wrestling form due to his large body structure. During [...]
    Jimmy Bivins: Born: 1919-12-06 - Died: 2012-07-04
    Jimmy Bivins was a well-known heavyweight boxer from Dry Branch, Georgia. Even though Bivins was born in Georgia, Bivins fought out of the city of Cleveland, OH throughout his boxing career. During his active boxing years, Bivins had 112 total fights, 86 wins (31 by KO), 25 losses, and 1 draw. Bivins also beat eight [...]
    Pat Cummings: Born: 1956-07-11 - Died: 2012-06-26
    Pat Cummings was a well-known professional basketball player from Johnstown, PA. Cummings played basketball with various professional teams, such as: Milwaukee Bucks (1979-1982), Dallas Mavericks (1982–1984), New York Knicks (1984–1988), along with many other teams, ending his career out with the Wichita Falls Texans in 1993.
    Everett “Cotton” Owens: Born: 1924-05-21 - Died: 2012-06-07
    Everett “Cotton” Owens was a well-known racecar driver from Union, South Carolina. Associated with NASCAR, Owens began his racing career in the 1950s and earned 100+ featured wins with his talent behind the wheel. His most well-known win was at the Daytona Beach Road Course. During Owens’ racing career, he was awarded various milestones, such [...]
    Orlando Woolridge: Born: 1959-12-16 - Died: 2012-05-31
    Orlando Woolridge was a professional basketball player from Mansfield, Louisiana. During Woolridge’s basketball career, he played for Notre Dame 1977-1981, and then for the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, and various other NBA teams from 1981-1996. Woolridge also coached various NBA teams from 1998-2009. Woolridge had two sons: Renaldo and Royce.
    Jack Twyman: Born: 1934-05-21 - Died: 2012-05-30
    Jack Twyman was a Pittsburgh-born professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings). During Twyman’s basketball career, his position was a Forward, and earned 15,840 points, 5,424 rebounds, and and 1,861 assists. Twyman also is survived by his wife Carole, two other daughters, and 14 grandchildren.
    Johnny Tapia: Born: 1967-02-13 - Died: 2012-05-27
    Johnny Tapia was a well-known boxer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tapia’s boxing career started in the spotlight in the 1980s and won his first championship belt in 1990. Tapia disappeared from the boxing scene for a short amount of time due to cocaine; however, Tapia did reemerge back into boxing back in the later 90s.
    Bob Boozer: Born: 1937-04-26 - Died: 2012-05-19
    Boozer was a professional basketball player in the NBA, and was selected by the Chicago Bulls during the 1966 expansion draft (which came after stints with the Peoria Caterpillars (NIBL), Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers). Boozer played for the Bulls until 1969 then spent one season with the Seattle Supersonics, [...]
    Carroll Shelby: Born: 1923-01-11 - Died: 2012-05-11
    Carroll Shelby was a well-known race car driver from Leesburg, Texas. Shelby was active in the Formula One race car driving divisions from 1958-1959 under the teams of Aston Martin and Maserati. Along with his involvement in car racing, Shelby also was responsible for creating the Mustang Cobra cars, and has also founded the company [...]
    Carl Beane: Born: 1952-09-18 - Died: 2012-05-09
    Carl Beane has been a sports broadcaster since 1972, well known for his role as a public announcer for the Boston Red Sox baseball team (since 2003). Through his broadcasting career, Beane has also been involved with ESPN Radio, Sirius (Satellite Radio), Westwood One, and the Associated Press. Beane also had a minor teaching career [...]
    Stacy Robinson: Born: 1962-02-19 - Died: 2012-05-08
    Stacy Robinson was an American Football player from Minnesota, well known for his wide receiver position on the New York Giants football team. Robinson also worked National Football League Players Association after his playing career, where he served as Director of Player Services & Development.
    Junior Seau: Born: 1969-01-19 - Died: 2012-05-02
    Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. was an American football player who played for the San Diego Chargers in 1990. Known for his rankings as a ten-time all pro and twelve-time pro-bowl selection, Seau also played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. Seau was also known as the creator of the Junior Seau Foundation, [...]
    Alexander Dale Oen: Born: 1985-05-21 - Died: 2012-04-30
    Alexander Dale Oen was a Norwegian swimmer, and represented the club Vestkantsvømmerne. Dale Oen won gold at the 2008 European Championships, which made him the first Norwegian male to win a medal at a major international long course championship.
    Mark Lenzi: Born: 1968-04-04 - Died: 2012-04-09
    Lenzi was an Olympic diver and diving coach. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 1992 Olympic Games on the 3 m springboard.
    John Fairfax: Born: 1937-05-21 - Died: 2012-02-08
    Fairfax was known for rowing across both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans… just because they were there. In 1969, after six months battling sharks, storms, and his own personal madness, Fairfax successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, thus becoming the first lone oarsman to ever row across any ocean. In 1972, Fairfax, accompanied by [...]
    Joe Paterno: Born: 1926-12-21 - Died: 2012-01-22
    Joe Paterno was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 through 2011. He was commonly referred to as “JoePa”. He is considered the winningest coach in college football, holding the record for the most victories by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football coach with 409 wins. A legend [...]
    Sarah Burke: Born: 1982-09-03 - Died: 2012-01-19
    Burke was a Canadain freestyle skier, and a pioneer of the superpipe event. She was a four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, and was the halfpipe world champion in 2005. She lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have the event added to the Winter Olympics for the 2014 games. She was considered the favorite [...]
    Sean Collins: Born: 1951-04-08 - Died: 2011-12-26
    Sean Collins was a famous surfer and the founder of Surfline. Surfline originated as a surfing hotline, but eventually became one of the most popular surfing sites on the web. Collins had a background in meteorology, which he applied to the needs of surfers, which was presumably a big part of what made his company [...]
    Derek Boogaard: Born: 1982-06-23 - Died: 2011-05-13
    Boogaard was a former professional NHL hockey player, who played for the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers. In 2007 Boogaard was named the second most intimidating player in the NHL, behind Georges Laraque.
    Joe Frazier: Born: 1944-01-12 - Died: 2011-11-07
    Frazier, also known as “Smokin’ Joe”, was a former Olympic and Heavyweight boxing champion. His professional career lasted from 1965 – 1976, with a comeback in 1981. During the late 1960s Frazier emerged as the top contender, defeating the likes of Jerry Quarry, Oscar Bonavena, Buster Mathis, Eddie Machen, Doug Jones, George Chuvalo and Jimmy [...]
    Dan Wheldon: Born: 1978-06-22 - Died: 2011-10-16
    Wheldon was a race car driver for the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011.
    Al Davis: Born: 1929-07-04 - Died: 2011-10-08
    Al Davis was the owner of the American football team the Oakland Raiders. It would be hard to sum up the Al Davis legacy any better than the official Raiders site itself: An unyielding total commitment to excellence has marked the three-time World Champion Raiders monumental rise during the last 48 years to the very [...]
    Orlando Brown: Born: 1970-12-12 - Died: 2011-09-23
    Brown was a professional football player who played for both the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. Orlando “Zeus” Brown retired in 2005 and spent his post-football years franchising restaurants.