This past Sunday, the sports world lost one of it’s most iconic figures in Joe Paterno. And while I usually don’t get too sad when people pass away at the ripe old age of 85—especially not when they’ve accomplished as much as JoePa—this time the news got me down a bit.
Why? Because of the way the guy went out, obviously. He didn’t get the farewell tour that some legends get when they announce their retirement in advance. And of course he didn’t even get to retire, but was instead fired by Penn State as a result of his mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. So JoePa never really got his one last moment in the sun. He was gone before the dust had even settled.
This got me thinking: who are some other sports legends that we don’t really think about all that often anymore, but who we would be truly sad to see go?
The following is what I came up with. My goal wasn’t to be morbid or anything by pointing out that, yeah, these dudes are pretty old. It was simply to remind everyone how awesome they were.
So without further ado, click on to see who comes in at #9.