Dave Duerson, an All American Safety for The University of Notre Dame, and a member of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears, was found dead in his Miami home. He was 50 years old.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of death, and no official cause will be stated until the official report is released by a medical examiner.
Duerson, originally from Muncie, Indiana, graduated from Notre Dame in 1983 with a degree in Economics, and was drafted in the 3rd round by the Chicago Bears.
Within a couple of seasons, he was a starting safety on the formidable Chicago Bears defense, when the Bears went 15-1 in the ’85 regular season, blazing through the playoffs to win the Super Bowl in crushing fashion: 46-10 over the New England Patriots.
Duerson was elected to four Pro Bowls during his time with the Bears, from 1986 to 1989. His best statistical year came in ’86 when he had 7 sacks and 6 interceptions. After the 1989 season, Duerson went to the NY Giants, and earned another Super Bowl ring with the 1990 Giants squad. After his short stint with the NY Giants, he played three more seasons with the Cardinals before retiring from football at the age of 33.
After football, Duerson entered the food services industry, owning Brooks Sausage Company, which later became Fair Oaks Farms. He stepped away from the business when he sold the company in 2002.
Dave’s ex-wife Alicia has asked for prayers for the family as they deal with their unexpected loss.