Dave Duerson Found Dead

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Feb 18, 2011 5:00PM

2011_dave_duerson.jpg Former Bears safety Dave Duerson, one of the hardest hitters on the 1985 Bears, has been found dead in his Miami home according to breaking new reports. Cause of death wasn't released by the Miami-Dade county coroner.

After playing college football at Notre Dame, Duerson, 50, played for the Chicago Bears from 1983 until 1989 before playing with the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals during his 11-year career. A four-time Pro Bowler, Duerson was a key member of the Bears secondary on their legendary Super Bowl team.

Following his playing days, Duerson made a name for himself in breakfast meats, running a company that supplied McDonald's before selling that company and founding another that provided similar products for other restaurants.

But Duerson was also involved in some controversy in recent years. Following a 2005 domestic abuse incident while in South Bend, he was forced to resign from the Notre Dame board of trustees.