Dave Duerson Committed Suicide

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Dave Duerson

When I heard former [intlink id=”13″ type=”category”]Chicago Bears[/intlink] safety Dave Duerson died on Thursday, I didn’t pay much attention.

People die every day.

Things changed on Saturday, however, when it was revealed Duerson committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.

He was 50.

Fans of the Green Bay Packers will remember Duerson as the backbone of the ’85 Chicago Bears Monsters of the Midway defense, arguably the best defense ever assembled. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and a two-time Super Bowl champion, with the ’85 Bears and the ’90 Giants, who he played one season with.

If there’s anything good to come out of this, it’s that Duerson’s brain is being donated to science, so it can be studied for abnormalities related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in people who have suffered repeated brain trauma.

No. I was never a fan of Dave Duerson, but he was a competitor and he played a key role in the greatest rivalry in professional football in the ’80s.

For that, I respect him.

R.I.P. #22.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

6 Comments on "Dave Duerson Committed Suicide"

  1. Cade Lawson

    I don’t like the bears nor any other team in the NFC north but it’s always sad to see someone take thier own life. It’s moments like this that remind me this is just a game.. Rest in peace.

  2. Rymetyme

    true, the physical and mental state that earlier-generation NFL players face in retirement is really frightening. Hopefully a new CBA will protect retired players, so many players are screwed after the glory days.

    • DevilDon

      How are they screwed? They got to play a game for a living with great pay and benefits. Most of us will never have had the opportunities they’ve enjoyed.
      Boo hoo. People go through divorce and losing good jobs on a regular basis, why the hell is a football player any more worthy of pity or support?
      I’m trying to see your reasoning, but I can’t fathom how you feel sorry for retired players. Again, how are they screwed?

  3. Vijay

    Greedy corporate NFL and owners support the players interests post retirement? I think not…this country better be careful of trusting in capitalism too much. The goal of corporations is to maximize value to the shareholders, not its workers.

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