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Russ Francis killed in plane crash

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Dec 3rd


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If Sunday couldn’t get any worse for Patriots fans. Rest in Peace.


n6249c Supporter Supporter
Damn. This hits home hard for me.

I loved Russ as a player, and he seemed a great guy. I’m also a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and know Sr VP Richard McSpadden was very well regarded. Ironically, he was Executive Director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute. McSpadden was also former commander of the USAF Thunderbirds. Both are tremendous losses.

Plus, I was flying yesterday myself. I missed yesterday’s game because I was delayed getting home when my plane had problems after I flew a friend to NC. I assume Russ experienced a mechanical problem. The article below states that they experienced an emergency after take-off and crashed attempting to return to the airport, which is consistent with mechanical failure.

It also contained this lovely anecdote:

Investigation into fatal Lake Placid plane crash continues
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bresna Supporter Supporter
This is a bummer. Russ Francis was one of my favorite Patriots players when I was a kid.

40yrpatsfan Supporter Supporter
This is awful news.

This is an awful week.

Francis vs Steelers w/ Cosell "All World" call

Wow, that clip shows both Daryl Stingley and Russ Francis catching long TD passes. Both were amazing talents, both died too young.

Francis was a great TE, 6'6" 240's, could run like a deer, catch, block. Swashbuckling persona. Part of that mid 70's Fairbanks team that got screwed by Ben Drieth and should've won at least 1 ring.

When you think about him, then Ben Coates a few years later, then Gronk, that's 3 of the greatest TE's you'll ever see.

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