I always try to avoid as many corny sayings when at all possible, but I really can't help it in this case. It really is true that death comes in threes. I had wrote earlier about the principal from "The Breakfast Club", then I read about the guy who wrote the script for "Bedtime for Bonzo" passing away. True, he really was inconsequential as far as my site is concerned, but he adds to the myth.
Just recently, I'm watching my daily dose of Pardon the Interruption and they announced the passing of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, former runningback for the New Orleans Saints. The most jacked up thing about it is I read CNN.com constantly throughout the day and they didn't even give it so much as a blip on their radar in even their sports section.
He may not have ever won a championship, but a lot of guys who played in the NFL had that same honor. He was one of the most powerful yet underrated backs to ever play the game. I remember him most for two things. First and foremost was the fact that his toon on Super Tecmo Bowl was a flat out beast. He would throw guys off him like they were paper dolls.
The other thing I remember about him is his real life bursts on the field. It would be funny to see him break loose then get to a point where because of his size, he would get tired and he'd look for a defender to actually hit before he would go down. I guess his theory was if he's going to run out of juice, he's taking somebody down with him.
Oh snap! I forgot one so there's actually three things. The last was he had THE funniest NFL commercial (and probably sports commercial) of the time. He was the unofficial spokesperson for Zest Body Wash. That ad was a classic.
Unfortunately, he was taken WAY too soon. Ironhead died after a 7 1/2 year fight with a recurring brain tumor. He was only 39-years-old. Rest in peace, big fella.