Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mike Heimerdinger died at the age of 58th

Mike Heimerdinger, a former offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncosand New York Jets, died Friday night after a nearly year-long battle with... a rare form of cancer. He was 58. "It is with a heavy heart, but a trust in God, that we say goodbye to our beloved Dinger who lost his courageous battle with cancer," Heimerdinger's wife, Kathie, said in a statement Saturday. "Mike approached cancer with the same vigor and tenacity that he approached any football game -- to win. Even in the final minutes he never gave up -- that was our Dinger."Heimerdinger, who died while in Mexico to receive experimental treatments, had continued to coach before he was let go by the Titans in February, along with two other assistant coaches, after offensive line coach Mike Munchak was promoted to head coach.

Heimerdinger was born in Dekalb, Ill., and was a wide receiver and centerfielder at Eastern Illinois University where he received a degree in history. He spent four years as a high school coach in McHenry, Ill., and then was a coach at the University of Florida, the Air Force Academy, North Texas State, Cal State-Fullerton, Rice and Duke. Heimerdinger then coached for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and two stints with the Tennessee Titans. He had a daughter and a son.

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