Chuck Hughes

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Birthday
2, 1943
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 24, 1971 (28)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
2, 1943
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 24, 1971 (28)

About

Wide receiver for the Detroit Lions was the first, and for more than 40 years the only, player to die on the field.

Before Fame

He was a star at Texas Western College, breaking records for most yards and most receptions in a single game, and most all-purpose yards in a season.

Trivia

In the final minutes of a game against the Bears he collapsed while jogging back to the huddle; an autopsy revealed more than 75% of his heart arteries were blocked.

Family Life

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he grew up in Texas with his 12 siblings.

Associated With

His #85 jersey was hung up in the rafters of Ford Field in Downtown Detroit, next to the #20 of Barry Sanders.

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