Darrent Williams, 24
Denver Broncos cornerback. Jan. 1. Shooting.
Bobby Hamilton, 49
NASCAR driver who won the 2001 Talladega 500. Jan. 7. Cancer.
Betty Trezza, 81
Player in World War II-era women's baseball league immortalized in "A League of Their Own." Jan. 16.
Lew Burdette, 80
MVP of the 1957 World Series when he pitched the Milwaukee Braves. Feb. 6.
Bowie Kuhn, 80
Baseball commissioner during development of free agency, multimillion-dollar contracts. March 15.
Herb Carneal, 83
Broadcast Minnesota Twins games for 45 seasons. April 1.
Eddie Robinson, 88
Longtime Grambling coach; transformed small college into a football power. April 3.
Darryl Stingley, 55
New England Patriots player paralyzed during on-field collision in 1978. April 5. Complications of paralysis.
Bill France Jr., 74
Transformed NASCAR from a small Southern sport into a billion-dollar conglomerate. June 4.
Ray Mears, 80
Winningest men's coach in Tennessee basketball history. June 11.
Chris Benoit, 40
World Wrestling Entertainment star. Found June 25; apparent suicide after killing wife, 7-year-old son.
Phil Rizzuto, 89
Hall of Fame Yankee shortstop; sportscaster much loved for exclaiming "Holy cow!" Aug. 13.
Butch van Breda Kolff, 84
Led the Los Angeles Lakers to two NBA finals appearances, won 482 games as a college coach. Aug. 22.
Colin McRae, 39
Britain's best-known rally driver, former World Rally champion. Sept. 15. Helicopter crash.
William Wirtz, 77
Longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner. Sept. 26.
Wally Parks, 94
Founded National Hot Rod Association, helping turn drag racing into legitimate sport. Sept. 28.
Max McGee, 75
Hero of first Super Bowl in 1967, helping Green Bay beat Kansas City 35-10. Oct. 20.
Joe Nuxhall, 79
Youngest major leaguer ever at age 15; later a Cincinnati sportscaster. Nov. 15.
Bill Hartack, 74
Hall of Fame jockey; one of only two to win five Kentucky Derbys. Nov. 26.
Bill Willis, 86
Hall of Fame guard with the Cleveland Browns; Ohio State's first black football All-American. Nov. 27.
Sean Taylor, 24
Washington Redskins' star safety; known as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL. Nov. 27. Shot in his home. |
Al Oerter, 71
Discus great who won gold medals in four Olympics. Oct. 1.