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Mike Heimerdinger, 58, dies of cancer

Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:31 am
 
HeimerdingerPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Mike Heimerdinger, a former offensive coordinator for the Broncos and Jets who was most recently employed as the offensive coordinator for the Titans, died Friday after a short battle with cancer, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter

Heimerdinger, 58, was diagnosed last November, but that very same week, he put off chemotherapy to return to his job, calling plays in the press box during gameday. Heimerdinger said he wanted to remain with the team as he went through his outpatient chemo, and that’s what he did the rest of the 2010 season.

But after Jeff Fisher resigned following the season, new Titans coach Mike Munchak decided not to keep Heimerdinger. For his part, Heimerdinger didn’t appear bitter about his firing nor about his diagnosis.

“The hard part is I am not a real patient person, and this is not a patient disease,” Heimerdinger said in June. “It is a marathon, and I want it done now. I want the chemo to work and doctors to say, ‘It is all gone.’ But that is not going to happen. So you have to come to terms with that. That is the hard part for me.

“I was hoping it went away. I was hoping that the first treatments, it would go into remission and disappear. Obviously it didn’t, so I’ve had to do more treatments. The main thing is to keep it under control and not spread it. And it hasn’t spread, and it is under control. Hopefully, we can keep it under control.

In the offseason, he won the Halas Award for overcoming adversity from the Pro Football Writers Association.

"He was passionate about the fight, obviously because of his love for his family but what also drove him passionately was his desire to get back on the sideline,” Fisher said, via ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. “He loved his family, he loved this game and all that came with it. We've lost a great one."

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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Mike Heimerdinger, 58, dies of cancer

I remember him while he was in denver. R.I.P.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:33 am
 

Mike Heimerdinger, 58, dies of cancer

sad day for the Heimerdinger family, will pray for them and this is a big loss, Heimerdinger was a great coordinator for the Titans.




Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:47 am
 

Mike Heimerdinger, 58, dies of cancer

Sorry for him and the family


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