Yesterday, we heard of the death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others who were with him. Adenhart was only 22 and he leaves a world of potential behind him, among other things.
He was a victim of vehicular manslaughter, and these kinds of accidents sadly happen all the time. In my sophomore year of high school, I heard from the principal over the PA system that someone in my grade was hit by a car on his bike. He lived, but he was unconscious for weeks and only his helmet saved him. It made me realize how often these tragic accidents happen.
I can't possibly honor every athlete who died too young, but I can certainly honor some. Here are some of the greatest athletes ever to die too soon in reverse chronological order.