View Full Version : Curse of the Champions?

07-24-2006, 04:12 PM
You'd think winning a Super Bowl championship would put to rest any questions about a curse. In the tight football community of Pittsburgh, though, the Steelers' championship and a sobering statistic has got people wondering.

Since 2000, 18 former Steeler players between the ages of 35 and 58 have died in circumstances that range from the commonplace to the bizarre.
"We all just shake our heads. Where is this all going to end," former Steelers executive Joe Gordon said.

Out of the 18, seven died of heart attacks or heart failure and several others died of cancer, but other former players succumbed under more unusual circumstances.

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2006/07/img_bullet_orangedot-1.gif Offensive guard Terry Long committed suicide by drinking antifreeze.
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2006/07/img_bullet_orangedot-1.gif Offensive guard Steve Courson died after a tree fell on top of him.
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2006/07/img_bullet_orangedot-1.gif David Little, a linebacker, suffocated when a barbell rolled onto his neck.
http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2006/07/img_bullet_orangedot-1.gif Offensive lineman Justin Strzelczyk died during a high-speed chase with police.

"We called him Jughead," said longtime sportswriter Vic Ketchman about Strzelczyk. "That's the one that hurt me the most. When the inner demons weren't chasing him he was a great guy." Ketchman covered the Steelers for various newspapers from 1972 through 1994, and is now senior editor of Jaguar Inside Report for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.