Who can YOU think of who mighta had a great sports career if it wasn't ended by death/injury/illness or other factors? The VERY special case of Pat Tillman comes to mind immediately. Some others are: NILE KINNICK... Heisman Trophy winner, was killed in a 1943 fighter training flight LOUIS SOCKALEXIS(1871-1913)...Penobscot Indian baseball player of legendary prowess, who once threw a baseball 414 feet on the fly as measured by two Harvard professors. Signed by the Cleveland Spiders in 1897, he was hitting.338 that year when, while drunk, he jumped from a 2nd story window, severely breaking his ankle. His baseball career was essentially over; he was cut in 1899, a severe alcoholic. He died on the Penobscot reservation in 1913, age 42. ERNIE DAVIS...Heisman Trophy winner, 1961, broke many of Jim Brown's records at Syracuse, was slated to join Brown in the Cleveland Browns' backfield, died of leukemia, 1963. It was said of Ernie that he was everything a football hero is supposed to be, as well as everything a great PERSON is supposed to be. KENNY HUBBS...Chicago cubs 2B, Rookie of the Year in 1962 who played in 78 consecutive games w/o an error, while accepting 416 chances w/o an error, both records for 2nd basemen. Killed early 1964 when the private plane he was piloting crashed. BRIAN PICCOLO...I believe we've all seen "Brian's Song", but what about Brian? He was just beginning to shine at HB in 1968 after Gale Sayers was injured, with the coaches considering moving him to starting FB to complement Sayers, when he became winded in the 7th game of the season. The rest, we know; he died in 1970. This is just a start, with all but Sockalexis well-known to my generation. (I'm age 57) Now, it's YOUR turn!