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In Memoriam: 11 Sports Greats That Died in a Tough 2016

  • David Gonos


Looking back over the past year and seeing all the names of the people you’ve said goodbye to is always a perplexing moment. But reviewing all of the amazingly great athletes that died in 2016 seems to be much tougher than in recent years.

From boxing, tennis, football or extreme sports, to coaching, playing and broadcasting, some of the greatest names in sports died over the 2016 calendar year, and when you look at it as a whole, it seems to leave a bigger crater in our hearts.

11 Sports Greats We Said Goodbye To In 2016

Understand that there are dozens of former athletes, coaches, and other people related to sports that died over the past year, but this near-dozen group hit their sports harder than most.

We bid them, farewell.

Photo Credit: Len Trievnor, Getty Images

David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about sports online since 2001, including,,, and