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The Tragic Story of Chuck Hughes: The Only Player to Die in an NFL Game - The Grueling Truth
Lions wide receiver Chuck Hughes lies on the turf at Tiger Stadium on October 24, , having just suffered a heart attack. Dick Butkus stands above him. I have just one, a Detroit Lions nodder that dates back to the Nixon administration. At some point during the afternoon of October 24, , I bought it for my high-school girlfriend today my wife at the first sporting event we ever attended together: a game between the Lions and Chicago Bears at Tiger Stadium. That day Lions end Chuck Hughes died on the field — the greatest single tragedy ever to occur at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. In the nearly century-long history of the National Football League, the year-old Hughes remains the only player ever to die during the course of a regular-season NFL game. It was a raw and dreary Sunday.
An eyewitness account of the only death to occur on an NFL gridiron
Chuck Hughes of the De troit Lions collapsed today in the closing seconds of a Na tional Football League game and died. He collapsed three plays later after trotting back to the huddle. The pass reception had been his first of the season. Hughes is believed to be the first professional football player to collapse during a game and die without regaining conscious ness.
The NFL has always been a gladitorial sport where violence and aggression are applauded. Screaming fans thirst for blood in NFL stadiums every Sunday afternoon with a passion that is unmatched by any other sport. Many people believe that a player has never died on this field of battle in an NFL game. If you are one of those people, today I am going to tell you about the tragic death of a year-old football player who made the most out of what God gave him.