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OC Mike Heimerdinger & Ex-Cowboys WR Pete Gent Have Died

Ex-Titans and Broncos OC Mike Heimerdinger (58) has died (Saturday), as a result of the cancer that was discovered last November. When it was discovered, Heimerdinger delayed treatment so he could call plays for the Titans that Sunday against the Texans. He didn't miss a game all season, as he underwent chemotherapy. He was Redskins HC Mike Shannhan's college roommate, and his OC in the Super Bowl years with the Broncos.

Ex-Cowboys WR Pete Gent (69) died Friday of a pulmonary illness. Though he had aa around 65 catch season in the mid 60's (that's about like an 80 or 90 catch season today), he's best remembered for his autobiographical novel "North Dallas Forty" in 1973. It was made into a movieof the same name in 1979, starring Nick Nolte (as Pete Gent) and singer Mac Davis (as QB Dandy Don). His book blew the lid off drug use in the NFL, and how much injured players were pressured to just shoot up, and go play when they had even serious injuries. Oddly Gent never played college football, being drafted by the NBA's Baltimore Bullets, but chose a tryout with the Cowboys that would pay him $500.

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