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Celebrity Deaths in Sports

  • Jim Taylor, 83 (1935 - 2018)

    Jim Taylor

    Fullback Jim Taylor (1935 – 2018) helped lead Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers to four NFL championship titles in the 1960s and a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I in 1967. Taylor was known for his toughness on the field, running over defenders. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Tex Winter, 96 (1922 - 2018)

    Tex Winter

    Assistant Coach Fred "Tex" Winter was the mastermind behind the triangle offense which helped lead Phil Jackson's Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to nine NBA championships. The Bulls won titles from 1991 until 1993 and from 1996 until 1998 and the Lakers from 2000 through 2002. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • George Taliaferro, 91 (1927 - 2018)

    George Taliaferro

    George Taliaferro was the first African-American player to be drafted by an NFL team. The Chicago Bears drafted the All-American halfback out of Indiana University in 1949. Though he was fan of the Bears, he had already signed with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. After the league folded in 1950, he joined the New York Yanks of the NFL. For full obituary and coverage...

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  • Tommy McDonald, 84 (1934 - 2018)

    Tommy McDonald

    Tommy McDonald (1934 – 2018) was a Hall of Fame receiver best known for his time on the Philadelphia Eagles. Only 5'9' tall, the speedy McDonald was known for his toughness on the field. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, catching 495 passes and scoring 84 touchdowns during his 12 year career, winning the 1960 NFL Championship with the Eagles. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998. He...

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  • Stan Mikita, 78 (1940 - 2018)

    Stan Mikita

    Stan Mikita (1940 – 2018) was an NHL Hall of Fame center who played his entire career with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was one of the greatest players in NHL history, accumulating 1,467 points in 22 seasons. He died at the age of 78. For full coverage and obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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