Friday, September 26, 2008

Wally Hilgenberg -- R.I.P.

Wally Hilgenberg passed away at age 66 from Lou Gehrig's Disease. Here's a bit from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on his passing:

Hilgenberg, 66, died Tuesday at his home. He was surrounded by his wife, Mary, four children and many of his 14 grandchildren.

"It was beautiful," youngest daughter Kristi said. "We held Dad's hands, we prayed together and he went peacefully to see his Maker."

Being a kid in the 1970s and growing up in Texas, I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. Therefore I hate the Washington Redskins first and the Pittsburgh Steelers second -- by default. Another great team of the 1970s was the Minnesota Vikings. Fran Trakenton, Alan Page, Carl Eller, Chuck Foreman and others were the stars of that team. An unsung player on that team was linebacker Wally Hilgenberg -- #58 in the photo above. They were in 3 Super Bowls in the '70s and the Cowboys were in 5 so they were always playing each other in the playoffs. Hilgenberg was a great player and sounds like a great guy off the field as well. I'm relieved and blessed to now he was a believer in Christ.