Recent Untimely Deaths of NFL Players

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  • Chris Henry
  • Steve McNair
  • Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith and William Bleakley
  • Sean Taylor
  • Damien Nash
  • Darrent Williams
  • Jovan Belcher
  • O.J. Murdock
  • Junior Seau
  • Ray Easterling
  • Dave Duerson
  • Kenny McKinley

Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith and William Bleakley

In February 2009, Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, 26; free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith, 29; and former University of South Florida football player William Bleakley, 25, died when their boat overturned in rough water off the coast of Florida.

 

In this image, a Coast Guard boat approached Nick Schuyler, the only survivor of the fishing trip. (Photo: Adam Campbell/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

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