Joe Paterno died this year.
So did Junior Seau.
The death of freestyle skier Sarah Burke after hitting her head on the ledge of the half-pipe was also sad and stunning.
Hector Camacho (age 50) and Johnny Tapia (age 45) also made the obituary list in 2012. I’m just shocked that those names from the boxing world made it that long.
Those are some of the A-listers who are most frequently mentioned on 2012 retrospectives among the notable sports figures who passed this year.
But there are others who were lost this year that you may or may not be aware of, who also made their marks on the sports world in their unique ways, whether it been as a player, a coach, or in the media.
Here is a tribute to some non A-listers from the sports world who passed this year. If there are any other names you’d like mentioned, please feel free to share in the comments section below!!!
Jack Twyman (basketball, age 78)
I first knew of the name due to a TV-movie which aired as I was growing up that focused o...