Dave Duerson: Passed away at age of 50

February 18, 2011 by staff 

Dave Duerson, RIP. Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson found dead in Miami (CP) – Dave Duerson, four-time Pro Bowl safety who played on winning the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants, has died. He was 50.

The Bears issued a statement Friday saying they were “surprised and saddened” by the news and called Duerson “has greatly contributed to our team and the Chicago community.”

“Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave,” the team said. “We will miss him. Our prayers are with his family.”

Miami-Dade Police Detective Robert Williams said the body of a Dave Duerson was found Thursday in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida computer records show that Duerson who lived at the address was born the same month and year as the player.

Investigators have not determined the cause of death. Williams said detectives were awaiting the pathologist’s report.

Duerson’s ex-wife, Alicia Duerson, told NBC Chicago that he “loved and cherished his family and was” very proud “of Notre Dame and the bear.

Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Duerson was a draft third round by the Bears in 1983 at Notre Dame and became a key figure on one of the greatest defenses ever assembled.

Who can forget the 1985 team manhandle opponents while trailing all the way to the championship with Hall of Fame such as Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton and Richard Dent on the front? Todd Bell sat with all season; Duerson played a big role in the backfield with five interceptions this year and made the first of four straight Pro Bowls.

“It was a great player for us,” coach Mike Ditka The Associated Press. “He stepped in and did an excellent job. It’s very sad. ”

A year later, he took off career-high six assists while fixing what was an NFL record for sacks in a defensive back with this brand was until September 2005 when the Arizona Adrian Wilson was eight.

Duerson would win another Super Bowl with the Giants in 1990 after being released by the Bears and spent three years with Arizona before retiring after 11 seasons.

Emery Moorehead, a tight end team 85, said: “He was a man of a man smoked cigars Just a personable guy … There were many people who loved him everywhere….”

“Our thoughts are with the family Duerson and all those who knew Dave,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement. “Besides being a great football player, Dave represented himself and the University as other as team captain as well as his work with the Monogram Club and the Board of administration. You could not help but be impressed by him when you met Dave Duerson, and I think that was the reaction of someone who has never been about him. ”

Ray Ellis, the sports channel director at Voice of America Sports, which Duerson had a weekly radio show broadcast live over the Internet, said he had tried to reach Duerson Thursday when he did not host its regular program.

Friday morning, a friend informed of the death of Ellis Duerson.

“If you looked at visually, Dave Duerson looked like he could play strong safety now,” said Ellis.

He added that he Duerson said recently that he got engaged and planned to marry in late spring or early summer.

Ellis said Duerson show was not typical sports talk. He talked about a range of subjects and was pleased to celebrate the achievements of athletes and good work off the field.

“There was so much more to Dave than being a former Chicago Bear, says Ellis. “Dave was proud of his accomplishments off the field.”


Associated Press writer Christine Armario in Miami contributed to this report.

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