15 Sports Figures That You Might Not Have Known Passed Away in 2015

Every time a professional athlete passes away, it can send a shock wave through the sports world. Whether the death is unexpected or after a long and successful life, it is never easy to lose someone that you once idolized.

When you are younger, athletes can almost seem superhuman. They’re strong, talented and seem almost invincible as they always get back up. Yet the reality is, that with every hit comes pain that may plague athletes their entire lives. When you look at the athletes that have passed away in 2015, there may be many on there that you idolized growing up. While you may not technically have known the people on this list, they may have inspired you just the same.

Sometimes the most inspiring people in the world of sports are not the people on the field. Coaches and announcers are as impactful as any other position and unfortunately we lost some amazingly talented sports figures in 2015. While they may not have had an impact on the game as it’s playing right now, there is no doubting the legacy that some of these individuals left behind.

There was no shortage of people that unfortunately passed away in 2015 that impacted the world of sports. If some of your favorite sports figures were among them, take the time to reflect and be happy that even though they’re gone, they have left a positive and lasting impact on you.

15 15. Ken Stabler  


14 14. Rowdy Roddy Piper 


13 13. Bill Arnsparger 


12 12. Moses Malone  


11 11. Tommy Hanson 

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10 10. Dolph Schayes  


9 9. Charlie Sanders  

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8 8. Yogi Berra  

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7 7. Justin Wilson 

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6 6. Tyler Sash  


5 5. Ann Mara 

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

4 4. Flip Saunders  

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3 3. Ernie Banks 

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2 2. Al Arbour 

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1 1. Stuart Scott 

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

One of the best anchors that ESPN has ever had, Stuart Scott was passionate about his job and helped introduce countless people to a world of sports with his enthusiasm. Whether it was his signature phrase “boo-yah” or other traits that helped you love Scott, there was no doubting his talent. Scott, unfortunately, had been battling cancer for the past few years and passed away in January of this year at the age of 49. Shortly before passing, Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. When giving his speech accepting the honor, Scott beautifully summed up the proper attitude to have when dealing with cancer "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."

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15 Sports Figures That You Might Not Have Known Passed Away in 2015