On Monday, former New England Patriots tight end Willie Scott and linebacker Marty Schottenheimer each passed away following health complications.
Scott played three of his eight NFL seasons with the Patriots after joining the team in 1986 following a trade from Kansas City during training camp, where he spent the first five years of his career (1981-85). Scott played in 25 games with two starts for the Patriots during his three seasons (1986-88) and caught 14 passes for 84 yards and one touchdown.
A first round draft pick of the Chiefs in 1981, Scott played in 97 NFL games with 42 starts and caught 89 passes for 766 yards and 15 touchdowns.
At the time of his passing Scott was battling heart issues, according to The State, he was in need of a heart and kidney transplant. He was 61 years old.
Also on Monday, news of Marty Schottenheimer’s passing made its way around the NFL community following complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77 years old.
Although he was best known as an NFL head coach for 21 seasons across four NFL teams, Schottenheimer additionally played six seasons in the NFL, including the 1969-70 seasons with the Patriots after four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He played in 23 games with the Patriots with five starts.
Schottenheimer coached the Cleveland Browns (1984-88), Kansas City Chiefs (1989-98), Washington Redskins (2001) and San Diego Chargers (2002-06).
Following his dismissal from the San Diego Chargers in 2007, Schottenheimer’s coaching career concluded with 205 career total victories, with his 200 regular season wins placing him seventh on the all-time list.
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