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Gone But Not Forgotten
December 26, 2005
An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields
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December 26, 2005

Gone But Not Forgotten

An array of influential figures from the sports world passed away in 2005, from subtle contributors to trailblazers to true giants in their fields

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He was a rare talent: a run-stuffing defensive tackle who could also pressure the passer. The No. 2 pick in 1997, Russell had 28 1/2 sacks in five seasons with the Raiders and made the Pro Bowl in '98 and '99 before failing three drug tests. He died in a car accident on Dec. 15.

NELSON BRILES

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The control pitcher had a 3.44 ERA in 14 big league seasons and started for two World Series teams, the 1968 Cardinals and the '71 Pirates. A longtime Pirates executive, Briles was playing golf at a team alumni event in February when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

BECKY ZERLENTES

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A professor at a Denver community college, she took a shot to the head from Heather Schmitz, fell into a coma and became the first woman to die in a sanctioned fight. Zerlentes had told her coach that she would retire from amateur boxing after the bout.

VIC POWER

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