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    Dave Duerson, a starting safety on the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won the Super Bowl, was found dead in his Miami home, the team said on Friday. He was 50.

    The cause of death was not released.

    "Our family asks that you please remember Dave as a good, kind, and caring man," Duerson's ex-wife Alicia Duerson said, according to NBCChicago. "He loved and cherished his family and friends and was extremely proud of his beloved Notre Dame and ... Chicago Bears. Please keep Dave and our family in your prayers."

    The Bears selected Duerson in the third round of the 1983 draft after an All-America career at Notre Dame.

    He became a full-time starter for the 1985 "Super Bowl Shuffle" team that was known for its dominating defense. That team finished the regular season 15-1 and pitched two shutouts in the playoffs before dismantling the Patriots 46-10 in the Super Bowl.

    He was selected to four Pro Bowls from 1986-89. He had seven sacks and six interceptions in 1986.

    "We are stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news regarding Dave Duerson," the Bears said in a statement. "He was a great contributor to our team and the Chicago community. Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave. We'll miss him. Our prayers are with his family."

    Duerson left the Bears after the 1989 season and was part of the 1990 New York Giants team that also won a Super Bowl.

    He played three more seasons for the Cardinals before retiring at age 33. He finished with 20 interceptions in his career.

    After football, Duerson owned Brooks Sausage Company, later called Fair Oaks Farms, which supplied sausage to fast-food restaurants. He sold the business in 2002.

    Duerson was born and raised in Muncie, Ind., where was a standout in football, baseball and basketball. He earned a degree in economics from Notre Dame

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    although the cause has not been released, pro footballers die much earlier than regular folks. by the time they retire (often because they can't get it done anymore) their bodies are totally thrashed. he may have been 50 chronologically however, his body was probably as worn out as an 85 year old daredevil.

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    suicide, perhaps brain trauma associated with football?

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    David Duerson, Bankrupt Former Chicago Bear Who Committed Suicide, Was Sued By Ex-Wife For Super Bowl RingsBy Gus Garcia-Roberts, Mon., Feb. 21 2011 @ 11:36AM Comments (2) Categories: Sports
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    Dave Duerson, the former star Chicago Bears safety who killed himself on Thursday at his home in Sunny Isles Beach, was hemorrhaging millions in his final years, according to bankruptcy documents he filed last September.

    And in December, his ex-wife claimed in a lawsuit that he had concealed assets. Among them: two Super Bowl championship rings and the trophy he received for winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, given for charity work, in 1987.

    "That's so tragic, it's ridiculous," Mike Ditka, who coached Duerson's championship Bears in 1985, told Riptide this morning. "That's something you can't understand. First of all, if they were married-- that's your mate, why would you do that to somebody you loved? And secondly, it's just tragic to hear that he ended up that way."

    Duerson played in four Pro Bowls and also won a championship with the New York Giants in 1990. A Notre Dame graduate with an economics degree, he was known for his business acumen. He owned a food company for years and served on the NFL's disability-pension board. In 2009, according to state corporation records, he co-founded Best4Broward, a charter school company.

    But Duerson, who divorced wife Alicia in 2007, saw his life fall apart in the last few years. According to the bankruptcy filings, Duerson claimed a financial loss of $1.85 million in 2008. His income dried up to nothing: In 2009, he claimed, his income was -$5,106. Last year, he made $16,800.

    His debt was staggering. Duerson owed more than $47,000 to the IRS for Wisconsin back taxes from 2001. And he owed $70,000 to his ex-wife for their divorce settlement. He owed $9 million for a business loan. In total, he claimed outstanding debt of almost $14.75 million.

    He claimed $34.64 million in assets. All but $40,000 of that, however, was an account receivable from a 2004 Wisconsin lawsuit related to his defunct company, Duerson Foods.

    Two months ago, Alicia claimed in court that Duerson had "concealed" the following assets when he filed bankruptcy:

    a. Two Super Bowl championship rings acquired during his previous career as a professional football player.
    b. A large bronze trophy awarded for being named the Walter Payton Man of
    the Year in 1987.

    c. A Rolex Submariner timepiece.

    d. Various items of jewelry.

    e. Substantial amounts of office furniture, including, but not limited to, a Chippendale desk.

    In a court-filed response, Duerson said that if there were any omissions in his bankruptcy filings, they were "not intentional".

    Duerson, who shot himself in the chest, texted family members before hand to request that his brain be examined for trauma related to his playing days, according to reports. He believed he might have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the concussion-related disease which has been blamed for depression and suicide in football players.

    Ditka says he last saw Duerson at a November reunion for the 1985 championship team in Chicago. "I talked to him and he seemed fine then," says Ditka. "I really don't know what happened. From what I've heard, I'm sure he suffered from depression from all those hits he took on the field."

    "He was a hell of a leader, and a hell of a football player," adds Ditka, who publicly battled Duerson over disability-pension issues in the past. "He was a very proud man. I'm sure his financial issues were a devastating blow to his ego."

    We've embedded the wife's suit concerning the Super Bowl rings below, as well as what's probably the saddest document from his bankruptcy filing: A hand-written list of all the furniture he owned

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    thats sad. Story's like this is why NFL needs a better retirement for its players.

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    thats sad. Story's like this is why NFL needs a better retirement for its players.
    It's why the NFL needs to put major funding into the study of the ramifications of long term repeated head trauma. Football's a great sport, but the more stories like this we hear the more I'm turned off from the game.

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