The death of a footballer is always a shock, not just because these men are in the public sphere but because they are the embodiment of fitness and health. To be a professional footballer you need to be fit, healthy and for the majority of players, young. You may have players in mind who do not fit this ideal of athletic prowess but they are professional footballers none the less.
When the suicide of Gary Speed was announced there wasn’t a person who loves football that wasn’t shocked. He was a successful young manager with a growing international pedigree. His inner demons however, took over and he left family, friends and fans alike baffled and grieving for him.
Some players are victims of circumstance and the age they lived. Medically they may have lived if science and progress had been on their side. Others players died in tragic accidents.
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