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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 05:56 PM
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Bubba Smith dies at 66: No signs of foul play, police say
Source: Los Angeles Times

Bubba Smith, the former NFL star and "Police Academy" movie actor, appears to have died of natural causes, but authorities said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Police said there were no signs of foul play at Smith's Baldwin Hills home, where he was found dead Wednesday afternoon. He was 66.

His caretaker discovered the body and called police.

Read more: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/bubba-smi...
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:01 PM
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1. Ohmigod. I'm a Michigan State grad. This is terrible news.
There was no one more talented. He came to Michigan State when Bear Bryant and the rest wouldn't take black players, and he and others - thanks to Coach Duffy Daugherty - made MSU number 1.

I'm stunned. Can't comment further now, except PLEASE mods, that era transcends sports - It's Civil Rights with great importance! It changed everything in football, and that helped change everything in our society.

Heartbroken.
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spartan61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 10:00 PM
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23. What a shock!
My husband and I are both MSU grads and my husband played football with Bubba. We were so sorry and saddened to read this news.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 03:11 AM
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26. Yeah, this is sad indeed.
Smith's most influential role had nothing to do with film or television. The Texas native attended Michigan State and joined its football team because his college of choice, the University of Texas, did not allow black players. He and several other black athletes went on to make Michigan State's football program a national powerhouse. Schools like UT eventually changed their stances because of skilled athletes like Smith. Smith told the Detroit Free Press, "That's what ultimately pushed the Southern schools to recruit black players. They were simply letting too much talent get away from them."
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bubba-smith-5-not...


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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 02:57 PM
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33. Both my parents are MSU grads ('57).
Sad indeed.

mikey_the_rat
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:06 PM
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2. shit...
Bubba...Mackey...

COLTS were my first favorite sports team when I was a kid.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:08 PM
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3. Please, mods, don't move this to Sports. Think Jackie Robinson.
Bubba Smith transcended sports. See my post 1. Please.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-11 09:26 AM
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35. just to clarify the rules here
this sort of thread is usually left in lbn. the death of a prominent person in any field, properly linked to a credible news organization, meets the criteria for this forum. it is when such threads begin to proliferate, and be linked to specialty sources like websites and blogs, that they tend to get moved to other forums.
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FreeStateDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:14 PM
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4. Bubba Smith is the cat who had continued to say the 1968 Super Bowl was fixed, he convinced me.
RIP Bubba, you were one of a kind.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:16 PM
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5. I also love the easy-opening cans!
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:17 PM
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6. Cause of death will probably be "cumulative effects of trauma from playing football"
Bubba Smith seemed like a really fine man, and he always had a zest for life.

He also played football in an era before they armored the players like they do now. I'd imagine he was walking around with a LOT of undiagnosed concussions.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:42 PM
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9. yep. Too many football players have short lifespans.
I think I read somewhere that football players average around age 55 when they die, but don't quote me on that.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 07:26 PM
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12. He already had a caretaker, per the article
Edited on Wed Aug-03-11 07:30 PM by Doctor_J
at age 66 that's a bad sign.

Edit: OTOH he was featured in "America's Game" 1971 edition and seemed fine. Time will tell
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:21 PM
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7. Like Jackie Robinson. He went to MSU because he couldn't go to Alabama et al.
MSU Coach Duffy Daugherty went into the South to recruit black players because the SEC would not. This is an important death, and Bubba Smith was an historic figure, along with all the others who finally broke the color barrier, and not just in sports.

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hayrow Donating Member (230 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 06:41 PM
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8. Unless my memory is fogged
He was unable to stop Chicago's Polk High School superstar Al Bundy.
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cabot Donating Member (101 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 08:20 PM
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17. damn straight!
bundy had four touchdowns in a single game. i remember that one well.
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DreamSmoker Donating Member (442 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 07:09 PM
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10. Sign your getting Older
Babba fit perfectly in his roles in Comedy roles after his football retirement...
It saddens me of his loss today... I remember his football days.. Wow how that time flew by...
He is part of American History for ever..
God bless him and his Family..
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kayakjohnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 07:17 PM
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11. Bubba, you were a legend.
Peace be with you, sir.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 07:47 PM
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16. +1
:toast:
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 07:28 PM
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13. Anyone remember Bubba & George Webster vs. Ara's Irish in 66?
One of my early memories is watching that with my dad on TV
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 08:22 PM
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18. I do. A tie game.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 08:41 AM
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30. Yes, both teams went in, and came out, undefeated. It was for
the mythical national championship. Legendary stuff back in the day.
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USA_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 10:38 AM
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31. You have to be a bit advanced in age to do so ...
It was said at that time that Bubba carried a few metallic plates under his forearm pads in order to pound his victims into the dirt and make them feel it. Take a look at those pads:



When he turned pro he had to remove the pads but it did not diminish his success by one iota.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 07:31 PM
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14. Do you guys remember that game when 1 of the opposing players said "Bubba who?"
Edited on Wed Aug-03-11 07:35 PM by Major Hogwash
When they asked that player in a pre-game interview how they were planning on containing Bubba Smith during the game, he said "Bubba who?"

That opposing player tried to act like he had never heard of Bubba Smith before, like he was a nobody.
And then Bubba Smith played one of the best games of his life.
Every time he made a tackle, Bubba would get up off of the guy he tackled and would mock him by saying "Bubba who?"

I'm not sure if it was when they played in the Super Bowl that was played in 1969, but it might have been.
It could have been during the Super Bowl that was played in 1971, I'm not sure.

After the game one of the sports announcers was interviewing Bubba Smith in the locker room.
He had taken off his jersey, but he was still wearing his shoulder pads.
The sports guy was asking him some questions, and Bubba was sort of leaning with his right hand propped up against one of the beams for the roof of the locker room.
My dad and I were both watching the interview, and I said "Jesus, he's huge."

And my dad said "Yeah, that roof beam that Bubba is leaning on is about 10 foot off of the floor. Can you imagine trying throw a pass over a guy that big, when he is running full steam at you?"

Bubba was the greatest.
I was a huge Colts fan back then.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 07:18 AM
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27. There goes the Police Academy reunion movie
Rest in Peace big guy.....
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hamsterjill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 02:59 PM
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34. Hightower!
I'm not a football watcher, but I loved him in those movies!!! Safe passage, Bubba.
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IrishEyes Donating Member (178 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 07:45 PM
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15. May he rest in peace
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 08:27 PM
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19. :( nt.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 08:35 PM
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20. Bubba Smith was a powerful player. He will be missed by so many.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 08:47 PM
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21. One of the greats
I remember some QB saying that he looked across the line and saw Bubba down in his stance getting ready
to rush in and smash him ..... the QB said he forgot the play and almost pissed himself.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 08:48 PM
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22. Bubba Smith was a great man. A man of INTEGRITY. When serving as grand marshall of a big parade...
...At the time, he was a spokesman for some beer company. He said he was shocked to hear kids on one side of the street cheer: "Tastes great!" And on the other: "Less filling!" when he was going by. That day, he stopped serving as a spokesman. Bubba Smith said he did not want to encourage young people to waste their lives on alcohol.

Godspeed, Bubba Smith.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 07:32 AM
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28. Extraordinary decision. Glad to have heard that, finally. Thank you. n/t
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 11:55 PM
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24. knr
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 12:22 AM
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25. What a shame.
I only knew him through his acting work, but he always made me laugh.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 08:21 AM
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29. r.i.p.
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auburngrad82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-04-11 02:54 PM
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32. One of my favorite players when I was a kid.
A long, long, time ago.
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