An obituary for a Pittsburgh-area man is going viral this week. A 76-year-old guy passed away “after a long bout with the Steelers.”
Wayne Olexa was at his home with this family when the Steelers “went into overtime against the 0-8 Detroit Lions and that was all he could take.”
He passed away on November 14th, which was the same day the Steelers and Detroit Lions played to an overtime tie.
“Wayne was inducted into both the Swissvale High School Hall of Fame and the West Virginia Wesleyan’s Hall of Fame for all three sports; baseball, football, and basketball. He was invited to try out for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1966, and after playing semi-professional baseball, he eventually married his wife of 45 years Jolie Vogel Olexa.
He loved hunting, fishing, and the outdoors which he bestowed upon his children and grandchildren. His favorite place on earth was “The Camp ” where he still holds the record for the 2ndbiggest buck. Wayne had a charisma and charm that was undeniable. He was far from perfect, but he was the patriarch of the family, and his loss is deeply felt by all,” the obituary read.
Such a shame he had to leave this Earth watching Mason Rudolph attempt to play quarterback.
He might’ve enjoyed las Sunday’s game with Big Ben back in the lineup, but the exciting game ended in a loss to the Chargers.