The following is a list of the most famous NFL players and people who died in 2013. The list includes a number of Pro Football Hall of Fame members, as well as players and people that fans of the NFL will easily recognize and remember.
Most famous NFL players and people who died in 2013
- Deacon Jones (died at age 74)
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and sack specialist Deacon Jones died on June 3, 2013, at the age of 74 from natural causes. Deacon Jones actually coined the term "sacking the quarterback" during his playing days. Sacks were not counted as a NFL stat until 1982, when Deacon Jones' career was already over, but he unofficially had 194.5 sacks in his career.
- Pat Summerall (82)
Longtime NFL placekicker and then announcer Pat Summerall died on April 16, 2013, at age 82 from cardiac arrest. Summerall kicked in the NFL for the New York Giants. For more great sports people from New York who died in 2013 see here.
- Artie Donovan (89)
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and NFL comedian Artie Donovan died on August 4, 2013, at age 89 from respiratory disease. Artie Donovan was a very funny man who loved to tell NFL stories from his playing days.
- L.C. Greenwood (67)
Defensive end L.C. Greenwood, a major cog on the Pittsburgh Steelers Steel Curtain defense, died on September 29, 2013, at age 67 from kidney failure. Greenwood won four Super Bowls with the Steelers.
- Bum Phillips (90)
Longtime Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints NFL head coach Bum Phillips died on October 18, 2013, at age 90. Bum Phillips teams were 86-80 during his tenure. Bum's son, Wade Phillips, is also a NFL coach.
- Bud Adams (90)
The longtime and only owner of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, Bud Adams, died on October 21, 2013, at age 90 of natural causes. Bud Adams moved the Houston Oilers to Tennessee in 1997.
- Todd Christensen (57)
Longtime Oakland Raiders tight end Todd Christensen died on November 13, 2013, at age 57 from complications arising during a liver transplant operation. Todd Christensen won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, was a five time pro bowler, and he caught 41 touchdown passes in his NFL career. He was also a NFL announcer for a little while.
- Chuck Muncie (60)
Former Saints and San Diego Chargers running back Chuck Muncie, who famously played with glasses, died on May 13, 2013, at age 60 from a heart attack. Muncie was a great player who admitted he used to get high after NFL games, which probably prevented him from being even better.
- Dave Jennings (61)
Longtime New York Giants and New York Jets punter and NFL announcer Dave Jennings died on June 19, 2013, at age 61 after battling Parkinson's Disease for many years.
- Thomas Howard (30)
Linebacker Thomas Howard, who played in two games in 2013 for the Atlanta Falcons, died on November 18, 2013, at age 30 in a car crash. Howard, who played for eight years in the NFL, had been released by the Falcons on November 12, 2013.
- Chuck Fairbanks (79)
Former New England Patriots head coach Chuck Fairbanks died on April 2, 2013, at age 79 from brain cancer. Bill Belichick has said that Chuck Fairbanks had a tremendous influence on the NFL as a coach.
- Jack Pardee (76)
Longtime Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins head coach Jack Pardee died on April 1, 2013, from cancer at age 76.
- Jerry Seeman (77)
Longtime NFL referee and two time Super Bowl ref Jerry Seeman died on November 24, 2013, at age 77 from cancer. Seeman was the NFL director of referees from 1991 to 2001.
- George Sauer (69)
New York Jets wide receiver George Sauer, who caught eight passes for 133 yards in the Jets huge Super Bowl III upset win over the Baltimore Colts, died on May 7, 2013, at age 69 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
- Jim Hudson (70)
New York Jets defensive back Jim Hudson, who had an interception in Super Bowl III, died on June 25, 2013, at age 70 from dementia complications.