A day of sorrow and remembrance in K.C.

June, 29, 2012
6/29/12
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This is a difficult day for Kansas City Chiefs fans.

It marks the 29th anniversary of the death of star running back Joe Delaney. He died at the age of 24 on June 29, 1983. Delaney drowned in a pond at a Louisiana amusement park. An inexperienced swimmer, Delaney died while trying to save three drowning children.

In the four years I have written this blog, I have learned how much Delaney is revered by Chiefs fans. He is a hero and the anniversary of his death is always met with a combination of sorrow and pride because they know Delaney died in such a selfless manner. Even as the years pass, Delaney’s actions are not forgotten and June 29 is always a day of mourning for Chiefs fans.

Delaney likely would have had a long, decorated NFL career had he not jumped into that pond. But Joe Delaney the person was so much more than simply a gridiron hero. He showed it 29 years ago today.

Rest in peace, Mr. Delaney, knowing you are remembered.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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