Mike Fanning, a 10-year NFL veteran and a longtime member of University of Tulsa athletic department, died unexpectedly at 69 years of age on Sunday, October 30, 2022. As soon as this heartbreaking news burst into the scene, it became talk of the internet and started circulating rapidly on different social media platforms.
Keep reading this article to learn more about Mike Fanning, his career background, how he died, and much more!
Who is Mike Fanning?
Mike Fanning was a professional football player from America, who is best known for being a defensive tackle in the NFL (National Football League) for ten years. He was born on February 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is a South Central state in the United States.
Mike went to the University of Notre Dame, for his higher education. He started playing college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and accounted for 164 tackles. He was a starter for the Fighting Irish at defensive tackle in 1973 and 1974, and his performances there earned him first-team All-American honors from the Walter Camp Foundation.
More about his career background
Fanning was drafted in the first round of the 1975 NFL Draft (during the ninth selection) by the Los Angeles Rams. He was touted to be the successor to Merlin Olsen, who was entering his 14th season in 1975. He then took over at left tackle in 1979 as the starter after an injury to Cody Jones. Prior to the 1983 NFL season, he was traded to the Detroit Lions, and spent one season with them. Following this, he was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 1984.
In 2009, Mike joined the University of Tulsa athletic department and worked there for 14 years. He started working with the group ticket sales, before being the special assistant for administration and operations, until his demise.
How did NFL veteran Mike Fanning die?
According to the reports, the news of Mike Fanning’s sudden death was announced through a statement by his family. As per the statement, the NFL veteran passed away on Sunday, October 30. The late footballer was 69-years-old at the time of his death.
Cause of death and funeral details
While announcing the news of Fanning’s untimely death, no confirmation about the cause of his death was made by his family. Thus, the cause of Fanning’s death is still unknown. Further information about the cause of his death and his funeral ceremony will be released soon by them.
Tributes pour in for NFL veteran, Mike Fanning
Following the news of Mike Fanning’s passing, netizens have been paying their condolences and tributes to the late NFL veteran. The football community has also been mourning the loss of the veteran of the National Football League. Former footballer, Jack Youngblood expressed his condolences for the late Mike Fanning by a post on his Twitter. He wrote, ” Mike Fanning was my wing man in the Battle, God Bless you, My Brother!!”
We also share our deepest condolences to Mike Fanning’s family, friends, and all his admirers. He may have left this world, but he will forever remain in our hearts due to the legacy he has left. We pray to God to give strength to his family in this hard time.
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