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Bengals Fan in Trenton
05-23-2009, 02:10 AM
DOUG ADAMS (1971-74), LB, Ohio State — Died Aug. 9, 1997 (age 47); hit by car riding his bicycle
JERRY ANDERSON (1977), S, Oklahoma — Died May 27, 1989 (age 35); drowned
LANDER MCCOY "COY" BACON (1976-77), DE, Jackson State — Died Dec. 22, 2008 (age 66); cancer and other complications
DON BASS (1978-81), TE/WR, Houston — Died Oct. 26, 1989 (age 33); gunshot wound
LEWIS BILLUPS (1986-91), CB, North Alabama — Died April 9, 1994 (age 30); car crash
MIKE BRIM (1993-95), CB/S, Virginia Union — Died April 19, 2005 (age 39); gunshot wound
PAUL BROWN (1967-91), FOUNDER/COACH — Died August 5, 1991 (Age 82); natural causes
ROBERT BROWN (1975-76), DT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff — Died Dec. 10, 1998 (age 58)
FRANK BUNCOM (1968), LB, Southern California — Died Sept. 14, 1969 (age 29); died in his sleep
STEVE CHOMYSZAK (1968-73), DT, Syracuse — Died Jan. 25, 1988 (age 43); pancreatic cancer
CHARLES "BOOBIE" CLARK (1973-78), RB, Bethune-Cookman — Died Oct. 25, 1988 (age 38); blood clot in lungs
LENVIL ELLIOTT (1973-78), RB, NE Missouri State — Died Oct. 12, 2008 (age 57); heart attack
SHERRILL HEADRICK (1968), LB, Texas Christian — Died Sept. 10, 2008 (age 71); cancer
JOSEPH LEROY "JO JO" HEATH (1980), CB/S, Pittsburgh — Died Dec. 29, 2002 (age 45); stabbed to death
VERN HOLLAND (1971-79), T, Tennessee State — Died April 20, 1998 (age 49)
BERNARD JACKSON (1972-76), CB/S, Washington State — Died May 26, 1997 (age 46); liver cancer
WALTER JOHNSON (1977), DT, Cal State-Los Angeles — Died June 29, 1999 (age 57)
BOBBY KEMP (1981-86), CB/S, Cal State-Fullerton — Suicide (age and date of death unknown)
RON LAMB (1968-71), RB, South Carolina — Died June 20, 2000 (age 56)
DALE LIVINGSTON (1968-69), P/K, Western Michigan — Died Jan. 5, 2009 (age 63); illness after heart surgery
RUFUS MAYES (1970-78), T, Ohio State — Died Jan. 1, 1990 (age 42); bacterial meningitis.
WAYNE McCLURE (1968, ‘70), LB, Mississippi — Died June 12, 2005 (age 62)
HORST MUHLMANN (1969-74), P/K, No college, native of Dortmund, Germany — Died Nov. 17, 1991 (age 51)
PHILIP LEON "CHIP" MYERS III (1969-76), WR, Northwestern Oklahoma — Died Feb. 23, 1999 (age 53); heart attack
PETE PERREAULT (1969), G, Boston U. — Died Dec. 8, 2001 (age 62)
BRIAN PILLMAN (1984), LB, Miami (OH) — Died Oct. 5, 1997 (age 35); heart disease
NICK ROMAN (1970-71), DE, Ohio State — Died May 18, 2003 (age 55); heart attack
DAN ROSS (1979-83, ‘85), TE, Northeastern — Died May 16, 2006 (age 49); heart attack
LOUIS TIMOTHY "SPEEDY" THOMAS III (1969-72), WR, Utah — Died July 29, 2003 (age 56)
WILSON WHITLEY (1977-82), DT, Houston — Died Oct. 25, 1992 (age 37); heart condition
MONK WILLIAMS (1968), WR, Arkansas-Pine Bluff — Died March 18, 2003 (age 58)
ERNIE WRIGHT (1968-71), T, Ohio State — Died March 20, 2007 (age 67)

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OrangeClawHammer
05-23-2009, 02:24 AM
Good post. I was glad to see Brian Pilman added to the list. Flyin' Brian, one of my faves back in the day.

McC
05-23-2009, 03:08 AM
Yes. Good post. None of them got very old, only one making it to his 70's. Most way before that. I had no idea about Bobby Kemp. He was a good player. A lot of athletes die young. It's like God decided to give them something great, but not for very long. Is it worth it to be blessed in your 20's and 30's and not make it to your 50's?

BigJim68
05-23-2009, 05:45 AM
Good post. I was glad to see Brian Pilman added to the list. Flyin' Brian, one of my faves back in the day.

Brian Pillman never made the Bengals team, he was cut during training camp, so i'm not sure why he was included in this group?

BigJim68
05-23-2009, 05:46 AM
How come all of my posts are being taken to the top part of the page where the OP is supposed to be??? :huh:

Rathskeller
05-23-2009, 09:26 AM
My God!!....this post was a total shock. I didn't know about a lot of these guys passing away but I remember most of them.

I'll have to do the math...but just looking at the ages is incredible. The average age of death has to be somewhere in the 40's.

Thanks for the post.

Bengals Fan in Trenton
05-23-2009, 02:19 PM
How come all of my posts are being taken to the top part of the page where the OP is supposed to be??? :huh:
Go to control panel, select Edit Options, scroll down to Thread Display Mode, and make it Linear - Oldest First in the dropdown box.

Bengals Fan in Trenton
05-23-2009, 02:24 PM
My God!!....this post was a total shock. I didn't know about a lot of these guys passing away but I remember most of them.

I'll have to do the math...but just looking at the ages is incredible. The average age of death has to be somewhere in the 40's.

Thanks for the post.
You're welcome. :smile:

I basically copied and pasted it from another page and altered the formatting.

I also edited to include the Bengals' founder and first head coach who wasn't on the original list.

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tbush95
05-23-2009, 02:25 PM
Paul brown #1

Bengals Fan in Trenton
05-23-2009, 02:28 PM
Paul brown #1
Founded two franchises and changed the game.

I can't believe Coach Brown didn't see Bill Walsh as a head coach. Boy, did that ever come back and bite us!

capafan1
05-23-2009, 07:31 PM
DOUG ADAMS (1971-74), LB, Ohio State Died Aug. 9, 1997 (age 47); hit by car riding his bicycle
JERRY ANDERSON (1977), S, Oklahoma Died May 27, 1989 (age 35); drowned
LANDER MCCOY "COY" BACON (1976-77), DE, Jackson State Died Dec. 22, 2008 (age 66); cancer and other complications
DON BASS (1978-81), TE/WR, Houston Died Oct. 26, 1989 (age 33); gunshot wound
LEWIS BILLUPS (1986-91), CB, North Alabama Died April 9, 1994 (age 30); car crash
MIKE BRIM (1993-95), CB/S, Virginia Union Died April 19, 2005 (age 39); gunshot wound
PAUL BROWN (1967-91), FOUNDER/COACH Died August 5, 1991 (Age 82); natural causes
ROBERT BROWN (1975-76), DT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Died Dec. 10, 1998 (age 58)
FRANK BUNCOM (1968), LB, Southern California Died Sept. 14, 1969 (age 29); died in his sleep
STEVE CHOMYSZAK (1968-73), DT, Syracuse Died Jan. 25, 1988 (age 43); pancreatic cancer
CHARLES "BOOBIE" CLARK (1973-78), RB, Bethune-Cookman Died Oct. 25, 1988 (age 38); blood clot in lungs
LENVIL ELLIOTT (1973-78), RB, NE Missouri State Died Oct. 12, 2008 (age 57); heart attack
SHERRILL HEADRICK (1968), LB, Texas Christian Died Sept. 10, 2008 (age 71); cancer
JOSEPH LEROY "JO JO" HEATH (1980), CB/S, Pittsburgh Died Dec. 29, 2002 (age 45); stabbed to death
VERN HOLLAND (1971-79), T, Tennessee State Died April 20, 1998 (age 49)
BERNARD JACKSON (1972-76), CB/S, Washington State Died May 26, 1997 (age 46); liver cancer
WALTER JOHNSON (1977), DT, Cal State-Los Angeles Died June 29, 1999 (age 57)
BOBBY KEMP (1981-86), CB/S, Cal State-Fullerton Suicide (age and date of death unknown)
RON LAMB (1968-71), RB, South Carolina Died June 20, 2000 (age 56)
DALE LIVINGSTON (1968-69), P/K, Western Michigan Died Jan. 5, 2009 (age 63); illness after heart surgery
RUFUS MAYES (1970-78), T, Ohio State Died Jan. 1, 1990 (age 42); bacterial meningitis.
WAYNE McCLURE (1968, 70), LB, Mississippi Died June 12, 2005 (age 62)
HORST MUHLMANN (1969-74), P/K, No college, native of Dortmund, Germany Died Nov. 17, 1991 (age 51)
PHILIP LEON "CHIP" MYERS III (1969-76), WR, Northwestern Oklahoma Died Feb. 23, 1999 (age 53); heart attack
PETE PERREAULT (1969), G, Boston U. Died Dec. 8, 2001 (age 62)
BRIAN PILLMAN (1984), LB, Miami (OH) Died Oct. 5, 1997 (age 35); heart disease
NICK ROMAN (1970-71), DE, Ohio State Died May 18, 2003 (age 55); heart attack
DAN ROSS (1979-83, 85), TE, Northeastern Died May 16, 2006 (age 49); heart attack
LOUIS TIMOTHY "SPEEDY" THOMAS III (1969-72), WR, Utah Died July 29, 2003 (age 56)
WILSON WHITLEY (1977-82), DT, Houston Died Oct. 25, 1992 (age 37); heart condition
MONK WILLIAMS (1968), WR, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Died March 18, 2003 (age 58)
ERNIE WRIGHT (1968-71), T, Ohio State Died March 20, 2007 (age 67)

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WOW, this is kind of shocking! I was 25 when PB started the Bengal franchise and I remember almost all of them. I've suffered through all the lean years and what good ones we've had and being a HOMER was never a problem with me! I can remember when we had no franchise in Cincinnati and the tremendous excitement within the city when PB made the announcement of bringing a new franchise to Cincy!! A number of these guys were a part of that first squad. They brought a lot of excitement to a young franchise.......RIP

Bengals Fan in Trenton
05-23-2009, 09:15 PM
WOW, this is kind of shocking! I was 25 when PB started the Bengal franchise and I remember almost all of them. I've suffered through all the lean years and what good ones we've had and being a HOMER was never a problem with me! I can remember when we had no franchise in Cincinnati and the tremendous excitement within the city when PB made the announcement of bringing a new franchise to Cincy!! A number of these guys were a part of that first squad. They brought a lot of excitement to a young franchise.......RIP
I was a year old.

capafan1
05-25-2009, 07:02 PM
I was a year old.


Hi PizzaGuy, I've got kids older than you! I wonder how many forum posters are old enough to have been a fan at the start of the franchise??? Judging by the content of many posts or replies to posts, there are a good number of young people and some teens roaming the forum. If you've never read the "Desiderata", look it up with Google. It isn't very long and I apply the first paragraph to much of what I read on the forum! BTW, I feel that the Bengals are going to have a good year and make the playoffs....I haven't felt this way in a while! :smile:

Baby Hawk
05-25-2009, 08:33 PM
My God!!....this post was a total shock. I didn't know about a lot of these guys passing away but I remember most of them.

I'll have to do the math...but just looking at the ages is incredible. The average age of death has to be somewhere in the 40's.

Thanks for the post.

The age of death is skewed. The Bengals were not in existence 50 years ago. We won't have any former players die in their 80's or 90's for a while yet.

This is a pretty melancholy thread.

BANJAXED
05-25-2009, 08:54 PM
My God!!....this post was a total shock. I didn't know about a lot of these guys passing away but I remember most of them.

I'll have to do the math...but just looking at the ages is incredible. The average age of death has to be somewhere in the 40's.

Thanks for the post.

What about all the Bengals that played in the 60s-80s that are still alive?

Overall this list really isn't that long from an average age perspective - I'd think its safe to assume that of all the guys to play for the Bengals - the majority do live pretty long - thus not making this list.

:rock on:

BANJAXED
05-25-2009, 08:55 PM
The age of death is skewed. The Bengals were not in existence 50 years ago. We won't have any former players die in their 80's or 90's for a while yet.

This is a pretty melancholy thread.

Yep - good point CB 32'

bigbengalbuddy
05-25-2009, 09:18 PM
The age of death is skewed. The Bengals were not in existence 50 years ago. We won't have any former players die in their 80's or 90's for a while yet.

This is a pretty melancholy thread.

Good point!

One of those Bell Curve / Standard Deviation things.

Still it seems like a lot of guys died young, With all the talk about steroids, etc. it would be interesting to see if there was any possible connection,

Great names in that group and I agree that it is a melancholy thread.

hoosierbengal
05-25-2009, 10:15 PM
DOUG ADAMS (1971-74), LB, Ohio State — Died Aug. 9, 1997 (age 47); hit by car riding his bicycle
JERRY ANDERSON (1977), S, Oklahoma — Died May 27, 1989 (age 35); drowned
LANDER MCCOY "COY" BACON (1976-77), DE, Jackson State — Died Dec. 22, 2008 (age 66); cancer and other complications
DON BASS (1978-81), TE/WR, Houston — Died Oct. 26, 1989 (age 33); gunshot wound
LEWIS BILLUPS (1986-91), CB, North Alabama — Died April 9, 1994 (age 30); car crash
MIKE BRIM (1993-95), CB/S, Virginia Union — Died April 19, 2005 (age 39); gunshot wound
PAUL BROWN (1967-91), FOUNDER/COACH — Died August 5, 1991 (Age 82); natural causes
ROBERT BROWN (1975-76), DT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff — Died Dec. 10, 1998 (age 58)
FRANK BUNCOM (1968), LB, Southern California — Died Sept. 14, 1969 (age 29); died in his sleep
STEVE CHOMYSZAK (1968-73), DT, Syracuse — Died Jan. 25, 1988 (age 43); pancreatic cancer
CHARLES "BOOBIE" CLARK (1973-78), RB, Bethune-Cookman — Died Oct. 25, 1988 (age 38); blood clot in lungs
LENVIL ELLIOTT (1973-78), RB, NE Missouri State — Died Oct. 12, 2008 (age 57); heart attack
SHERRILL HEADRICK (1968), LB, Texas Christian — Died Sept. 10, 2008 (age 71); cancer
JOSEPH LEROY "JO JO" HEATH (1980), CB/S, Pittsburgh — Died Dec. 29, 2002 (age 45); stabbed to death
VERN HOLLAND (1971-79), T, Tennessee State — Died April 20, 1998 (age 49)
BERNARD JACKSON (1972-76), CB/S, Washington State — Died May 26, 1997 (age 46); liver cancer
WALTER JOHNSON (1977), DT, Cal State-Los Angeles — Died June 29, 1999 (age 57)
BOBBY KEMP (1981-86), CB/S, Cal State-Fullerton — Suicide (age and date of death unknown)
RON LAMB (1968-71), RB, South Carolina — Died June 20, 2000 (age 56)
DALE LIVINGSTON (1968-69), P/K, Western Michigan — Died Jan. 5, 2009 (age 63); illness after heart surgery
RUFUS MAYES (1970-78), T, Ohio State — Died Jan. 1, 1990 (age 42); bacterial meningitis.
WAYNE McCLURE (1968, ‘70), LB, Mississippi — Died June 12, 2005 (age 62)
HORST MUHLMANN (1969-74), P/K, No college, native of Dortmund, Germany — Died Nov. 17, 1991 (age 51)
PHILIP LEON "CHIP" MYERS III (1969-76), WR, Northwestern Oklahoma — Died Feb. 23, 1999 (age 53); heart attack
PETE PERREAULT (1969), G, Boston U. — Died Dec. 8, 2001 (age 62)
BRIAN PILLMAN (1984), LB, Miami (OH) — Died Oct. 5, 1997 (age 35); heart disease
NICK ROMAN (1970-71), DE, Ohio State — Died May 18, 2003 (age 55); heart attack
DAN ROSS (1979-83, ‘85), TE, Northeastern — Died May 16, 2006 (age 49); heart attack
LOUIS TIMOTHY "SPEEDY" THOMAS III (1969-72), WR, Utah — Died July 29, 2003 (age 56)
WILSON WHITLEY (1977-82), DT, Houston — Died Oct. 25, 1992 (age 37); heart condition
MONK WILLIAMS (1968), WR, Arkansas-Pine Bluff — Died March 18, 2003 (age 58)
ERNIE WRIGHT (1968-71), T, Ohio State — Died March 20, 2007 (age 67)

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Interesting notes on one of the players .....

Jerry O. Anderson (October 27, 1953 – May 27, 1989) was an American football Safety. He played one season for the Cincinnati Bengals and one season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League. He played in 14 games in 1977 with Cincinnati and two games in 1978 with Tampa Bay, but never recorded an interception. He then played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1980 and 1981.

Following his career, he was viewed as a hero by his family and community. On May 27, 1984, he rescued some trapped motorists from floodwaters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was haunted[citation needed] from that day on for being unsuccessful in saving one woman. Exactly five years later, on May 27, 1989, he died attempting to save two young boys from drowning in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. On October 31, 1989, the story of his heroism and death was aired on Rescue 911.[1][2]

Bengals Fan in Trenton
05-25-2009, 11:23 PM
Interesting notes on one of the players .....

Jerry O. Anderson (October 27, 1953 May 27, 1989) was an American football Safety. He played one season for the Cincinnati Bengals and one season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League. He played in 14 games in 1977 with Cincinnati and two games in 1978 with Tampa Bay, but never recorded an interception. He then played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 1980 and 1981.

Following his career, he was viewed as a hero by his family and community. On May 27, 1984, he rescued some trapped motorists from floodwaters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was haunted[citation needed] from that day on for being unsuccessful in saving one woman. Exactly five years later, on May 27, 1989, he died attempting to save two young boys from drowning in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. On October 31, 1989, the story of his heroism and death was aired on Rescue 911.[1][2]

God bless Jerry. http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/BengalsManiac/crossrc.gif

I had no idea. :frown: