The NFL life of a pro player is a short one. No sooner than you see them walk across the stage of the draft, you see them exit the game altogether.
It's a short-lived love affair if you have the good fortune of seeing a future Hall of Famer play for your team.
They color your memories and make you proud to wear the colors that represent your squad.
They give you a reason to wake up feeling good on a Sunday morning because you expect greatness and you know you will get just that from them.
These are those guys—guys who left too soon from the playing and pro world.
Their days may not necessarily have ended while they played the game, but their presence in the world transcended far beyond the snap of the football.