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THE 1994 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1995 SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS)
With the sad and untimely death of Junior Seau at 43, a frightening trend continues to haunt this fraternity: eight men from that team have now died.
Five months after the Super Bowl, running back David Griggs died in a car accident on an off-ramp of the Florida Turnpike that was no more than 10 minutes from where the game had been played at Joe Robbie Stadium. The next year, running back Rodney Culver and his wife died in the ValuJet crash in the Florida Everglades. In 1998 linebacker Doug Miller was struck by lightning - twice, it was the second stroke that killed him - while camping in Colorado. Center Curtis Whitley died of a drug overdose in 2008 only months before Mims died from an enlarged heart and heart disease. Linebacker Lew Bush and defensive tackle Shawn Lee had fatal heart attacks last year.
According to a professor of actuarial science at the University of Wisconsin, the odds of 8 men from a 53-man roster – all starting in their 20s and 30s – dying in only 18 years is less than half of one percent. You’d have better odds of being struck by lightning - twice.