Statement from former Baltimore Colt, Rev. Joe Ehrmann, on life and legacy of John Mackey
As beloved as former Baltimore Colts tight end was by his hometown fans, John Mackey was respected all around the NFL, and his death Wednesday at the age of 69 due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease resonated throughout the nation, and even the New York Times posted a story detailing not only his death, but his life as well.
Baltimore Colts legendary tight end John Mackey passed away Wednesday at the age of 69 after a long, public battle with Alzheimer's Disease. The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Mackey's fight with dementia was recognized, all too late, with the formation of the "88 Plan," which increased medical coverage for former players who suffered from this disease long after their playing days were over.
In the March 2011 issue of Gentlemen's Quarterly, writer Jeanne Marie Laskas revisited her compelling story from 2009 on devastating effects ofviolent hits to the head that have resulted in brain injuries for many former NFL players ('The People v. Football').
SI.com listed the best players at every uniform number from 00-99 and the Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis was named the best #52 in NFL history, but there were other Baltimore football greats that were mentioned and debatable.