ⓘ List of American football players who died during their careers. This is a list of players of American football who died while still on a team roster. Included ..

                                     

ⓘ List of American football players who died during their careers

This is a list of players of American football who died while still on a team roster. Included are players in professional and college football who have died of any cause. Players who ended their careers to join the military and died while in service are included. Each player is listed with the team to which he was assigned at the time of his death, rather than the team with which he spent most of his career; thus, players who were unemployed at the time of their death are not listed, regardless of whether or not they were still seeking to play.

                                     

1. Players who ended their careers to join the military

This table is only for players who ended their NFL career to join the military in a time of war, including players who were drafted into the military, and were killed in action.

                                     

2. Arena Football League

  • Johnie Kirton, 26, San Jose SaberCats, running back, methadone toxicity/unknown 2012
  • Al Lucas, 26, Los Angeles Avengers, defensive tackle, in-game neck injury 2005
  • Justin Skaggs, 28, Utah Blaze, quarterback, stage III oligodendroglioma brain cancer 2007
  • Chandler Williams, 27, Tampa Bay Storm, wide receiver, cardiac arrest 2013
  • Julian Yearwood, 31, Bakersfield Blitz, fullback/linebacker, clogged arteries 2003
  • Johnathan Goddard, 27, Colorado Crush, defensive end, motorcycle accident 2008
                                     

3. National Football League

† Davis was under contract when he died though did not play in a game due to his illness. †† Johnson was injured in a pre-season game and did not play in a regular season game.

                                     

4. Canadian Football League

Robertson was notable for being posthumously selected in a dispersal draft by the Ottawa Rough Riders, as nobody in the CFL was aware of his death at the time of his drafting.

                                     

5. Team vehicle and plane accidents

  • Northwestern Oklahoma A&M: 5 football players were killed in a head-on highway crash 1966.
  • Wichita State: most of the starting players and coaches, 31 in total, died in an airplane crash 1970.
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State: 4 football players were killed in a car accident.
  • Marshall: 37 members died in an airplane crash 1970.
  • Cal Poly Mustangs football team: 16 players and 6 others died in an airplane crash 1960.
  • Purdue: 14 members of football team were killed in a railroad collision 1903.
                                     
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