There has been some sad news that had come in this week when a beloved athlete passed away. The report has sent shock waves throughout the sports industry.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this heartbreaking time. Many fans have poured out their condolences to the family over social media. Also, many other athletes have paid tribute to the Hall of Famer as well.
"He was a man of character, both on and off the field, who exemplified all the qualities that we hope to represent as an organization. He was a champion, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and one of the most genuine individuals I have ever met," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "On behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the entire McDonald family."
The small, fast, and sure-handed athlete Tommy McDonald has passed away. He was a wide receiver who played for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was 84 years old when he passed away.
McDonald's death was announced on Monday, September 24, by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
McDonald was a two-time All-American who helped the Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship. He was from Oklahoma and played 12 NFL seasons for five teams and was a six-time Pro Bowl pick. He was also ranked as the second in league history in touchdown catches, fourth in yards receiving, and sixth in receptions, according to ESPN.
McDonald retired in 1968, but he had to wait 30 years before he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the smallest player ever inducted.
"Tommy McDonald lived life like he played the game of football. He was charismatic, passionate and had fun," Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said. "He was such a character. Heaven is a happier place today."
"Tommy McDonald played the game with a passion and energy that was second to none," Lurie said. "He will be remembered as one of the most exciting players ever to play his position, but what really separated him and made him so unique was the infectious personality and charisma that he brought to his everyday life."
Will you please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers?