Here are 21 notable athletes and sports figures who died in 2022.
One of the greatest athletes to ever live. A man who the NBA named its Finals MVP Award after, Russell was just as impactful off the court as an activist. He was 88.
The man responsible for making the “Immaculate Reception,” Harris was a personality larger than sports. He was 72.
A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1992 inductee, the former Detroit Piston and Milwaukee Buck was 73.
The former Michigan State star and former NBA player was 31.
The one woman to be drafted into the NBA was 66.
LeBron James’ first NBA coach and former All-Defensive Team selection, Silas was 79.
The former Purdue and Portland Trail Blazers center was 25.
Marion Barber III
The former University of Minnesota and Dallas Cowboys running back was 38.
The record-setting Ohio State quarterback and former NFL first-round pick was 24.
One half of the Jackson State duo selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers was 45.
The former Denver Broncos running back was 31.
The former University of Texas and WNBA player was 37.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson
The former MMA fighter was 38.
The former New York Knick coached at Bowling Green State and Seton Hall.
The former CNN, TBS and ESPN sports reporter and Black News Channel managing editor was 66.
Davis played for the Green Bay Packers for eight seasons. He was 50.
Nicknamed “The Magician,” Briscoe became the first Black quarterback in pro football when he played for the Denver Broncos in 1968. He also played for the Detroit Lions. He was 76.
An NFL official from 1981 to 2004. He was the first Black ref in the league’s history in 1988. He was 74.
Former Washington Commander and Pro Football Hall of Famer. He was 80.
Longtime Pittsburgh Pirate was a part of MLB’s first all-minority lineup. He was 75.
An MLB outfielder from 1992 to 2005. He was 55.