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Heartbroken Russell Wilson Mourns The Demise of Football Legend Alongside NFL World

Published 09/22/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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Another star dims in the vast sky of football. Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, one of the most iconic dual-threat QBs in the league’s history, has always stood out, be it his Super Bowl win or his incredible stint with the Seattle Seahawks. But today, Wilson stands in solidarity, mourning alongside the NFL community.

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The NFL’s horizons darkened as we lost the legendary Dartmouth coach, Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens. A name synonymous with innovation and safety in football, Teevens’ sudden demise at 66 has left many shattered.

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Teevens wasn’t just another football coach. He revolutionized practice methods, prioritizing players’ safety, notably against concussions. With Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, Teevens introduced the world to the Mobile Virtual Player, a robotic tackling dummy adopted by many institutions and NFL teams. His vision made waves, reducing full-contact practices and emphasizing technique.

Unfortunately, tragedy struck in March. During a routine bicycle ride in Florida, Teevens faced a near-fatal accident with a pickup truck. Subsequent medical treatments saw his right leg amputated, compounded by severe spinal cord injuries. Despite relocating to Boston for rehabilitation and to be closer to loved ones, the injuries proved insurmountable.


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Wilson took to Instagram, sharing a heartbreaking tribute to Teevens. His story displayed a candid picture of him, his face gleaming with smiles. The melancholic notes of “I’ll be missing you” played, with broken heart emojis captioning the image. The suddenness of this loss became even more palpable with such gestures from the NFL’s top stars.

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Dartmouth’s President, Sian Leah Beilock, and Mike Harrity conveyed their sorrow to the community. Emphasizing how Teevens was not only Dartmouth football’s face but an inspirational figure shaping countless students’ lives. They also extended their deepest sympathies to Kirsten Teevens and the entire family.

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Shockwaves rippled through the football world. The team gathered post-practice, processing the devastating news, with interim head coach Sam McCorkle ensuring players had all needed support.


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Losses like Teeven remind us of football’s fragility, where legends can be gone in a fleeting moment. Yet they leave behind legacies, innovations, and memories, ensuring their essence remains forever in the game they loved. The NFL, along with Wilson and countless others, grieves today. However, Teevens’ indomitable spirit ensures that he’ll forever be remembered as a game-changer, on and off the field.

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Written by:

Vasudha Mudgal


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Vasudha Mudgal is an NFL Author at EssentiallySports with a passion and deep understanding of the sport. She is pursuing her second post-graduation from a premier institute, and with a rich background in teaching, Mudgal brings a unique perspective to her writing. Apart from football, Mudgal indulges in her lifelong love for basketball.
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Mallika Singh