Former Bear Duerson Found Dead In Miami

CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson was found dead Thursday night in his Miami home.

The Miami Dade County coroner has confirmed Duerson’s death but did not cite a cause.

Duerson, an All-American at Notre Dame, was an integral part of the 1985-86 Super Bowl Champion Bears. He would later win another Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 1990. He retired from the NFL after an 11-year career in 1993.

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Newsradio 780 Bears analyst Tom Thayer, who was Duerson’s roommate at Notre Dame, said he was in “total shock.”

“He was always just a great guy,” Thayer said. “I watched him … turn into a great NFL player, a great father and great husband and everything you wanted to see a man turn into.

“Dave had a lot of life in front of him.”

The Bears issued a statement on Friday morning: “We are stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news regarding Dave Duerson. He was a great contributor to our team and the Chicago community. Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave. We’ll miss him. Our prayers are with his family.”

Duerson, 50, was drafted by the Bears in 1983 after a stellar career at Notre Dame. He was a multi-sport star at Muncie Northside High School in Muncie, Ind.

After his playing career, Duerson spent time working for 670-AM The Score and owned and operated Brooks Sausage Company, later known as Fair Oaks Farms. He was also on the Notre Dame board of trustees, but resigned that position after a domestic altercation with his wife, Alicia, in South Bend. They later divorced.

CBS 2’s Ryan Baker talked with fellow former Bears star Richard Dent, whom Baker described as “completely stunned.”

Dent said Duerson had recently moved away from Chicago to Florida, after his business began to fall on hard times.

But for a long time, Duerson had been a successful businessman who took his business from a value of $43 million to $63 million. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Dent said the last time he saw Duerson was this past fall, when the 1985 Bears team returned to Chicago for a 25th anniversary of the Super Bowl season at the Arie Crown Theatre.

Duerson appeared in 102 games with 76 starts with the Bears, recording 566 tackles, 18 interceptions, 15 sacks, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 46 pass breakups, according to the Bears website.

In 1987, Duerson was selected the winner of the prestigious NFL Man of the Year Award, the only league honor that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

Duerson is survived by his four children.

“Our family asks that you please remember Dave as a good, kind, and caring man,” Alicia Duerson, Dave’s ex-wife told NBCChicago. “He loved and cherished his family and friends and was extremely proud of his beloved Notre Dame and Chicago Bears. Please keep Dave and our family in your prayers.”

  • Timothy R. Ballenger Sr.

    I pray for your Family Dave!

  • Pulseczar

    er, how old was he?

    No mention of his age.

    • barile

      it says right i the article he was 50. it is in there,

      • Pulseczar

        They added his age and a bunch of other info after I posted, thanks.

    • Tony Olivieri

      Duerson, 50, was drafted by the Bears in 1983 after a stellar career at Notre Dame. He was a multi-sport star at Muncie Northside High School in Muncie, Ind.

    • Pulseczar

      Just wikipedia’d him- 50 years old.

    • DML


    • Pulseczar

      ah, they ninja edited the article.

      Great safety. Way too young. rip.

  • Katie

    He was born Nov 28, 1960, We will say a pray for his family and friends.

  • Spoon

    Way too young :(

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  • Real Fan

    I’m praying for his family. I guess God wanted him in heaven.

  • Dan Rakow

    Dave Duerson will always be part of the Chicago Bears Family and I like to send my very heart felt prayers and thoughts to Dave Duerson and his Family as they go thriough this extremely very difficult time period

  • crash corrigan

    It’s a tragic story, but it has to be stated that Duerson was involved in a domestic abuse case a few years ago. There’s a tendency to eulogize people without mentioning their faults and that’s not being honest.

    • Pulseczar

      I completely agree, but in this case his ex-wife has kind words for him so I’d believe that in some degree she forgives him.

      Still, it is a major story regarding DD and warrants mention in a summation of his life.

  • Blk Reign

    My Prayers go out to him and his family!!!! Bob Sanders was released by the Colts.. The Bears need to jump on him for a very cheapppp price

    • Pulseczar

      Sanders has only played in something like 48 of a possible 112 regular season games in his career. Only 9 games in the past 3 seasons. That’s like worse than Mike Brown.

      Still, yeah- I’d take him for cheap. He’s a beast. Well, when he plays.

      • Bob Loblaw

        was he the guy that cleaned Benson’s clock in the Super Bowl?

  • Paul Hostetter

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Duerson family.

  • Chicago Bears Fan

    Wasn’t he also involved in the case of his Pregnant Girlfriend being Murdered by a jealous ex flame? a case which is still being decided by the courts? Seems like his world was unraveling. Tragic and such a shame at such a realtively young age.

  • Captn

    I think that was Gale Sayers

  • Chicago Bears Fan

    My Bad, that was actually another Super Bowl Bears player, Shaun Gayle!

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  • Dabble D

    He lost that ND board position after he pushed his wife and had misdemeanor assault charges. So… if you are scoring at home:

    Ex-player: Can’t push your wife.
    Current player: OK to rape a mentally unstable co-ed.

    Got it.

    • TennisChik

      Firstly, this is not a forum to bash Notre Dame – it is about remembering a talented athlete who was special to the city of Chicago. Secondly, get your facts straight, the girl to whom you are referring was not raped and no football player was protected. And Mr. Duerson assaulted his wife at the Morris Inn on Notre Dame’s campus and the police were called – it was more than “pushing his wife” as Alicia was treated at the hospital. Difficulties aside, a man has lost his life and a his family mourns. Thoughts and prayers go out to them.

  • just me

    just me thoughts on double d…
    dave was a kind, generous, religous man, who tried to be his best, had his share of failures, and stood up and tried again, to make right of his errors, and always tried to do right by others, respected others, he had his successes too, just like most people do..he resigned from the board in nd, by his choice.. he was a good man. funny too..he deserved the respect he earned by how he treated others.. because he had a fight with his wife, doesn’t mean he was not a good husband, he followed his religion and tried to right what he could within himself. sometimes ..even the strongest pf people breakdown and make not the best decisions, we all have, and we all live with them. no one is perfect, but forgiving and trying to make amends and doing right by others was how how dd was as a man and a person.

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  • Mike Collins

    A Packer fan here, I wish to extend my condolences to the Duerson family and the Chicago Bears. As our football rivals, I take much pleasure at poking fun at our neighbors to the south – but it ends when somebody’s health and well-being are at stake. He was a significant contributor to the greatest of all football rivalries, and for that he will always be fondly remembered. Also, Mr. Duerson was not only a memorable football player, but his contributions on the field were superseded by those off the field. RIP Dave Duerson. You will be missed.

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