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25 Sports Stars Who Unfortunately Passed Away In 2021

Darren - January 5, 2022
Sports

25 Sports Stars Who Unfortunately Passed Away In 2021

Darren - January 5, 2022
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2. Hank Aaron

Aaron was another massive loss in 2021. The MLB icon passed away at the age of 86 from natural causes. He lived an incredible life as an athlete and as a civil rights leader. First, Aaron was a brilliant baseball player. He held the home runs record for 33 years with a total of 755. Barry Bonds broke it in 2007 but that comes with an asterisk (via Herald & Review).

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Many people regard the 25-time All-Star as one of the greatest ever. He won a World Series with the Braves in 1957. Meanwhile, Aaron was a crucial figure in American society. This was because of his standing as a black man in a white-dominated sport. Aaron received many death threats throughout his life but he never gave in. He lived a great life and departed with the love of most baseball fans.

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1. John Madden

Madden is an NFL icon for many reasons. After his playing career with the Eagles was cut short, he moved into coaching. After he cut his teeth in the college game, he joined the Raiders as a linebacker coach. In 1969, he eventually became their head coach and brought them glory. The franchise legend won Super Bowl XI in 1977 as he turned them into a powerhouse (via People).

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He walked away because of illness and burnout after 10 winning seasons. Next, Madden moved into the world of broadcasting where he became an adored figure. The multi-Emmy Award winner became the face of the EA Madden NFL video game series. It’s safe to say that more children know his name because of a video game than his achievements as a coach. Madden passed away on December 28 at the age of 85 and left a lasting legacy as one of the true legends of pro football.

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