It is with great sadness to report the death of a famous athlete who was admired by many.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through such a heartbreaking time. Fans have poured out their condolences to the family over multiple social media platforms. Fellow athletes have also paid tribute as well.
Star defensive tackle, Dick Modzelewski, has died in his home in Eastlake, Ohio, which is about 19 miles northeast from Cleveland, on Friday, according to ESPN. He was 87 years old.
Modzelewski played for 14 years in the NFL, eight with the New York Giants, which included six title games. According to ESPN, Modzelewski was alongside Andy Robustelli, Rosey Grier and Jim Katcavage, making them one of the great defensive lines in NFL history.
The star athlete also played with the Cleveland Browns and appeared in two championship games. Modzelewski started with the Washington Redskins in 1953 and then went to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He never missed a game in his long football career.
When he retired from his uniforms, Modzelewski coached for 22 years in the NFL. He was the defensive coordinator for the Giants in their 1978 season. Modzelewski was an All-American athlete in 1951 and 1952 at Maryland and won the Outland Trophy in 1952 as the nation's best lineman.
Modzelewski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
The cause of death was not yet released to the public at the time of this article. Modzelewski is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Jane, and their four children.