Great NFL Careers Cut Short by Untimely and Tragic Death

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Great NFL Careers Cut Short by Untimely and Tragic Death
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There isn't anything as tragic in the NFL world as a player who suddenly and shockingly passes away. Car accidents, illness, botched robberies and acts of heroism have too often taken the lives of talented football players, leaving a somber and sullen lull over the league.

Moments of silence, special patches, helmet stickers and halftime ceremonies have all been done to pay tribute to players who pass away. For many teams, there will always be a certain emptiness that accompanies such calamity. 

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