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Joe Delaney 1958-1983

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Joe Delaney, Kansas City Chiefs running back from 1981 to 1982, died twenty-five years ago today while trying to save three boys from drowning in a Monroe, Louisiana, pond.

One boy survived. The two others and Joe Delaney did not.

His #37 has not been worn since his death. He was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2004.

Read more about Joe Delaney here. The News Star's article on Joe is one of my favorites. Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star just wrote this great piece on Delaney as well.

RIP, Joe.

Note: Lone Star Ball points us to another great article about Joe from Sports Illustrated's Frank Deford.