Robert Tractor Traylor and 10 Athletes Who Died Way Too Young

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Robert Tractor Traylor and 10 Athletes Who Died Way Too Young
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We're in the middle of the NBA and NHL playoffs, so excitement in the sports world is at a high point. But occasionally we are humbled and forced to put sports into perspective.

By now you may have heard the news about former University of Michigan and NBA player Robert "Tractor" Traylor's untimely death.

It comes on the heels of another tragic death, that of 26-year-old cyclist Wouter Weylandt, who was killed during competition earlier in the week.

The tragedies remind us that athletes are, after all, human, and it gives us a chance to remember and reflect on other athletes who passed away too soon.

You can take a look at a list of 50 athletes who died too young, but I've made a list of 10 recent athletes who were all still active when their lives were sadly cut short.

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