50 Sports activities Stars Who Died in 2022 From Soccer Legend Pele to Dan Reeves


The yr acquired off to a tragic begin with the dying of NFL Corridor of Famer Dan Reeves and has ended with the passing of soccer’s authentic G.O.A.T. (Biggest Of All Time).

Pelé died from a number of organ failure because of the development of colon most cancers on Thursday and tops a listing of late and nice sports activities stars which have handed away previously 12 months.

Here’s a month-by-month record of those that have left us this yr.


Dan Reeves

Dan Reeves
Head coach Dan Reeves of the Denver Broncos appears on from the sideline throughout a playoff recreation in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mile Excessive Stadium on December 30, 1984 in Denver
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Dan Reeves was greatest referred to as the legendary head coach of the Denver Broncos, which he took to the Tremendous Bowl 3 times with out successful. A fourth journey to the ultimate, this time with the Atlanta Falcons, would additionally end in defeat.

He did win the trophy with the Dallas Cowboys throughout his enjoying profession earlier than retiring in 1972 to change into a coach.

The Corridor of Famer handed away on January 1, 2022, on the age of 77, after struggling issues from dementia.

Don Maynard

Don Maynard
New York Jets broad receiver Don Maynard.
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Don Maynard was an NFL broad receiver who performed for a number of groups, together with the New York Giants and New York Jets, the place he teamed up with Joe Namath for a formidable assault that gained the 1969 Tremendous Bowl in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts.

He handed away on January 10, 2022, on the age of 86, after affected by issues of dementia.

Maynard was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.

Junior Siavii

Junior Siavii
Defensive sort out Junior Siavii #94 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs makes use of smelling salts earlier than a recreation in opposition to the Denver Broncos September 26, 2005
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Junior Siavii was a defensive sort out for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks.

Siavii died on January 13, 2022, aged 43, after he was discovered unresponsive in a Kansas federal jail cell.

He was awaiting trial on federal drug trafficking and unlawful firearm possession expenses.

Lusia Harris

Lusia Harris
Lusia Harris (seated), Ben Proudfoot, Gabe Godol and Brandon Somerhalder attend the 2021 Tribeca Pageant Premiere Shorts: “Go Massive” at Hudson Yards on June 10, 2021
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Lusia Harris was the primary lady to be drafted into the NBA because the 137th general decide of the New Orleans (now Utah) Jazz in 1977.

She by no means acquired to play a recreation within the NBA however the basketball pioneer was inducted into the Basketball Corridor of Fame.

She handed away on January 18, 2022, on the age of 66.

Clark Gillies

Clark Gillies
Clark Gillies #9 of the New York Islanders skates throughout an NHL Hockey recreation circa 1977 on the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
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Clark Gillies was a Canadian ice hockey participant who captained the New York Islanders from 1977 to 1979 and helped them win 4 Stanley Cups in a row from 1980 to 1983. He additionally performed for the Buffalo Sabres.

He died on January 21, 2022, on the age of 67.


Invoice Fitch

Bill Fitch
Head coach Invoice Fitch of the Boston Celtics talks along with his gamers whereas there is a day out throughout an NBA basketball recreation in opposition to the Washington Bullets circa 1980
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Invoice Fitch was greatest recognized for being the pinnacle coach of the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. He gained the NBA championship with the Celtics in 1981.

He handed away on February 2, 2022, aged 89.

Gerald Williams

Gerald WIlliams
Gerald WIlliams #29 of the Milwaukee Brewers takes a swing throughout a baseball recreation in opposition to the Minnesota Twins on July 6, 1997
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Gerald Williams was knowledgeable baseball outfielder who performed for 14 seasons in MLB with the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Satan Rays, and New York Mets from 1992 to 2005.

He died from most cancers on February 8, 2022, aged 55.

Jeremy Giambi

Jeremy Giambi
Jeremy Giambi #15 of the Kansas Royals stands prepared at bat throughout the recreation in opposition to the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago

Jeremy Giambi was an outfielder and first baseman who performed for the Oakland Athletics and Kansas Metropolis Royals.

He died by suicide on February 9, 2022, aged 47.

Eduardo Romero

Eduardo Romero
Eduardo Romero drives from the fifteenth tee throughout the first spherical of the Travis Perkins Masters performed on the Duke’s Course, Woburn Golf Membership on August 29, 2014
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Argentine skilled golfer Eduardo Romero was nicknamed El Gato and gained over 80 skilled tournaments throughout his profession.

He died after issues with most cancers on February 13, 2022, aged 67.

Charley Taylor

Charley Taylor
Charley Taylor #42 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball in opposition to the Miami Dolphins throughout Tremendous Bowl VII on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, January 14, 1973
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Charley Taylor was a large receiver who spent 13 seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1964 to 1977 and his profession stats put him among the many recreation’s elite.

He handed away on February 19, 2022, aged 80.

Emile Francis

Emile Francis
Canadian ice hockey coach Emile Francis solutions questions from the press, Sixties
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Emile Francis was a Canadian ice hockey goalkeeper, coach, and basic supervisor within the NHL.

He performed for the Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers and earned the nickname “The Cat” for his pace in objective.

He died on February 19, 2022, aged 95.


Katie Meyer

Katie Meyer
Stanford Cardinal goalkeeper Katie Meyer #19 throughout a recreation between UNC and Stanford Soccer W at Avaya Satdium on December 8, 2019
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Katie Meyer was goalkeeper for the Stanford Cardinal ladies’s soccer group.

She died by suicide on March 1, 2022, aged 22.

Shane Olivea

Shane Olivea
Shane Olivea proper sort out for the San Diego Chargers drops again to move block in a recreation in opposition to the Buffalo Payments at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California on November 20, 2005
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Shane Olivea was an offensive sort out for the San Diego Chargers after being drafted to the NFL in 2004.

He died of hypertensive coronary heart illness on March 2, 2022, aged 40.

Odalis Pérez

Odalis Perez
Odalis Perez #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches throughout a recreation in opposition to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 6, 2005
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Odalis Pérez was recognized for his profession as an MLB pitcher with the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Kansas Metropolis Royals and the Washington Nationals.

He died on March 10, 2022, from accidents sustained in an accident at his residence, aged 44.

Scott Corridor

Scott Hall
Wrestler Scott Corridor from “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts” poses for a portrait on the Village on the Raise Introduced by McDonald’s McCafe throughout the 2015 Sundance Movie Pageant on January 23, 2015
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Scott Corridor was knowledgeable wrestler greatest recognized for his stint with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) beneath the ring title Razor Ramon, and later for his profession with World Championship Wrestling beneath his actual title.

He died on March 14, 2022, aged 63 after struggling issues from hip substitute surgical procedure.

Jean Potvin

Jean Potvin
Jean Potvin of the Philadelphia Flyers
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Jean Potvin was a Canadian ice hockey participant who performed for the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Cleveland Barons, and Minnesota North Stars throughout a 12-year profession within the NHL

He died on March 15, 2022, aged 72.


Tommy Davis

Tommy Davis
Tommy Davis #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings at a pitch throughout an MLB Spring Coaching recreation in opposition to the Chicago Cubs circa April, 1962
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Tommy Davis performed in MLB as a left fielder and third baseman from 1959 to 1976 for 10 totally different groups. With the Los Angeles Dodgers, he grew to become a two-time Nationwide League batting champion. He was additionally part of the 1963 World Collection championship group.

He handed away on April 3, 2022, aged 83.

Gene Shue

Gene Shue
Head coach Gene Shue of the Los Angeles Clippers appears on in opposition to Washington Bullets throughout an NBA basketball recreation circa 1988
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Gene Shue was an All-Star NBA guard who performed for such groups because the Detroit Pistons or the New York Knicks.

He later coached for 22 years together with. Shue gained coach of the yr twice, as soon as with Baltimore in 1969 and one other time with Washington in 1982

He died on April 3, 2022, aged 90.

Rayfield Wright

Rayfield Wright
Dallas Cowboys offensive sort out Rayfield Wright watches from the sideline throughout a 34-27 win over the San Diego Chargers on 11/5/1972
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Rayfield Wright was an offensive sort out for the Dallas Cowboys, the place he performed for 13 seasons. He was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2006.

He suffered a seizure and handed away on April 7, 2022, aged 76.

Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles throughout the preseason recreation at Lincoln Monetary Discipline on August 12, 2021
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Dwayne Haskins was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback. He was chosen by the Washington Commanders within the 1st Spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft.

He died on April 9, 2022, aged 24 after being struck by a dump truck.

John Drew

John Drew
John Drew #22 of the Utah Jazz goes up for a layup in opposition to the Washington Bullets throughout an NBA basketball recreation circa 1983 at The Capital Centre
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John Drew performed within the NBA for 11 seasons within the Seventies and 80s. A two-time All-Star, he had stints with the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz. He went on to play for the Wyoming Wildcatters of the Continental Basketball Affiliation.

He died from bone most cancers on April 10, 2022, aged 67.

Wayne Cooper

Wayne Cooper
Wayne Cooper #42 of the Portland Path Blazers shoots in opposition to the San Diego Clippers throughout an NBA basketball recreation circa 1983
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Wayne Cooper performed within the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Path Blazers and Denver Nuggets.

He handed away on April 11, 2022, aged 65.

Garrett Burnett

Garrett Burnett
Left wing Garrett Burnett #55 of the Mighty Geese of Anaheim warms up previous to the sport in opposition to the Dallas Stars on the American Airways Heart on October 8, 2003
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Garrett Burnett was a Canadian ice hockey participant who performed with the Anaheim Mighty Geese within the NHL. He additionally performed lacrosse professionally with the Arizona Sting.

He died on April 11, 2022, aged 46.

Shirley Spork

Shirley Spork
Shirley Spork, one of many LPGA founders, poses with the Patty Berg Award on the LPGA Rolex Gamers Awards on the Ritz-Carlton, Naples on November 19, 2015
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Shirley Spork was knowledgeable golfer and one of many founders of the LPGA Tour in 1950.

She handed away on April 12, 2022, aged 94.


Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne performed within the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Orlando Magic after being drafted in 2014.

He was shot lifeless in Orlando, Florida, on Could 9, 2022, aged 31.

Bob Lanier

Bob Lanier performed within the NBA for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks and over 14 seasons. An eight-time All-Star, he was named Most Precious Participant of the 1974 recreation. He was a part of the NBA seventy fifth Anniversary Crew, which included the most effective gamers of within the league’s historical past.

He died on Could 10, 2022, aged 73.

Jeff Gladney

Jeff Gladney
Jeff Gladney #DB10 of the TCU Horned Frogs speaks to the media on day 4 of the NFL Mix at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2020
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Jeff Gladney was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings within the first spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft as a cornerback.

He died from accidents sustained in a automobile accident on Could 30, 2022, aged 25.


Hugh McElhenny

Hugh McElhenny was a halfback within the NFL from 1952 to 1964. He performed for such groups because the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Detroit Lions.

He died on June 17, 2022, aged 93.

Jaylon Ferguson

Jaylon Ferguson performed as an out of doors linebacker and defensive finish within the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens. He was drafted in 2019.

He died on June 21, 2022, aged 26, from the mixed results of fentanyl and cocaine.

Tony Siragusa

Tony Siragusa
Defensive lineman Tony Siragusa #98 of the Baltimore Ravens appears on from the sideline throughout a recreation in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Discipline on November 4, 2001
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Tony “Goose” Siragusa was a defensive sort out for 12 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens.

He handed away on June 22, 2022, aged 55.

Bruton Smith

Bruton Smith was a promoter and the proprietor/CEO of Speedway Motorsports.

The NASCAR Corridor of Famer handed away on June 22, 2022, at aged 95.


Bobby East

Bobby East was knowledgeable inventory automobile racing driver. The previous NASCAR driver was a three-time U.S. Auto Membership nationwide champion.

He was stabbed to dying at a fuel station in California on July 13, 2022, aged 37.

Dwight Smith

Dwight Smith
Dwight Smith #18 of the Chicago Cubs batting throughout a MLB recreation in opposition to the Montreal Expos at Wrigley Discipline in August 8, 1989
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Dwight Smith was an MLB outfielder recognized for his time with the Chicago Cubs.

He died after affected by congestive coronary heart and lung failure on July 22, 2022, aged 58.

Invoice Russell

Invoice Russell was an iconic NBA heart who performed for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969. Throughout that point, he was named NBA Most Precious Participant (MVP) 5 instances and was a 12-time All-Star.

He was the primary element of a Celtics group that gained 11 NBA championships throughout his 13-year profession.

He handed away on July 31, 2022, aged 88.


Tom Weiskopf

Tom Weiskopf was a PGA Tour golfer who gained 16 titles between 1968 and 1982.

He misplaced his battle with pancreatic most cancers on August 20, 2022, aged 79.

Gary Gaines

Gary Gaines was a soccer coach for Permian Excessive College who was made well-known within the ebook by Buzz Bissinger, and subsequent film, Friday Evening Lights.

He died on August 22, 2022, aged 73. His spouse mentioned the trigger was Alzheimer’s illness.

Len Dawson

Len Dawson
Len Dawson #16 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs drops again to move in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings throughout Tremendous Bowl IV on January 11, 1970
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Len Dawson performed within the NFL as quarterback for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs the place he holds the franchise information for profession passing yards, passing touchdowns and wins.

He was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1987.

He died on August 24, 2022, aged 87.


Earnie Shavers

Earnie Shavers was a two-time world heavyweight championship challenger. With 68 knockouts, he was recognized for having one of many hardest punchers in heavyweight boxing historical past.

He handed away on September 1, 2022, aged 78.

Maury Wills

Maury Wills was a former MLB participant turned supervisor who was greatest recognized for his profession with the Dodgers.

Wills was the Nationwide League MVP in 1962, the identical yr he additionally grew to become the Most Precious Participant of the All-Star Recreation.

He handed away on September 19, 2022, aged 89

Gavin Escobar

Gavin Escobar
Gavin Escobar #89 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016
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Gavin Escobar performed tight finish within the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens.

He handed away on September 28, 2022, aged 31 after struggling accidents throughout a mountaineering accident.


Sara Lee

Sara Lee first rose to fame in 2015 when she gained WWE’s Robust Sufficient competitors.

The professional wrestler handed away on October 5, 2022, aged 30.

Bruce Sutter

Bruce Sutter was a pitcher who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 1982 World Collection.

He performed 12 seasons between 1976 and 1988 within the MLB and was recognized for his split-finger fastball.

He died on October 13, 2022, aged 69.


Ray Man

Ray Man performed for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and is broadly considered the most effective punter in NFL historical past. He’s the one punter ever inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame

He died on November 3, 2022, aged 72, from advanced-stage continual obstructive pulmonary illness.

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson

Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson poses on the dimensions throughout a weigh-in for a UFC mild heavyweight championship combined martial arts bout at Tele2 Area in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 23, 2015
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Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was a combined martial artist who competed within the Final Combating Championship. He fought throughout varied weight classes throughout his profession.

He died on November 13, 2022, aged 38.

Brad William Henke

Brad William Henke rose to fame as an NFL and AFL participant however later switched to performing.

He was greatest recognized for his position as Corrections Officer Desi Piscatella on Orange Is the New Black.

For this position, he gained the Display Actors Guild Award for Excellent Efficiency by an Ensemble in a Comedy Collection in 2016.

He died on November 29, 2022, aged 56.

John Hadl

John Hadl was soccer quarterback who helped the San Diego Chargers win an AFL championship in 1963.

He performed within the American Soccer League and Nationwide Soccer League for 16 years and was named an AFL All-Star 4 instances and was chosen to 2 Professional Bowls.

He died on November 30, 2022, aged 82.

Adam Zimmer

Adam Zimmer was an assistant defensive backs coach and offensive analyst for the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was the son of legendary Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer,

He died on October 31, 2022, aged 38.


Gaylord Perry

Gaylord Perry
Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners pitches throughout a MLB recreation at Comiskey Park in Chicago, 1982
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Gaylord Perry was an MLB pitcher who performed for eight groups between 1962 and 1983.

He died on December 1, 2022, aged 84.

Nick Bollettieri

Nick Bollettieri was a tennis coach who famously labored with the likes of Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Mary Pierce.

He died on December 4, 2022, aged 91.


Pele celebrates World Cup win
Edson Arantes Do Nascimento Pele of Brazil celebrates victory after successful the 1970 World Cup in Mexico match between Brazil and Italy at Estadio Azteca on 21 June in Città del Messico. Mexico
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Edson Arantes do Nascimento, recognized to most as soccer participant Pelé, handed away on Thursday. He was 82.

Pelé has been known as the best soccer participant in historical past, even by the game’s worldwide governing physique FIFA. He’s the one participant to win three World Cups. He led Brazil to titles in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

In worldwide play, he scored 77 objectives in 92 video games, which continues to be a report in Brazil. On the membership degree in Brazil, for Santos, he scored 643 objectives in 659 video games, a membership report.

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