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Jackie Groza, 81, was the widow of perhaps football's most revered placekickers. "The Toe," as he was known, played for the Cleveland Browns and is one of the few kickers enshrined in the Football Hall of Fame.

The Grozas had been married for nearly 50 years when Mr. Groza died in 2000.

Travis Harrelson, with his wispy white mustache and flamboyant Hawaiian shirts, was considered one of the greatest ukulele players in the world.

Mr. Harrelson, 80, started playing the small instrument as a child (his mother was a Hawaiiphile and named his sisters Aloha and Leilani) and later made his career selling rare ukuleles.

He recently recorded a track on the 2008 album "Holy Ukuleles."

Antonio Pettigrew,
42, was a world champion sprinter and Olympic gold medalist in the 4X400 meter relay. But in 2008, he admitted to doping and was stripped of his gold.

He was most recently working at UNC as a track coach and was found dead in the backseat of a car with sleeping pills next to his body. Police are investigating the death.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  August 11, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: NFL, olympics, ukulele  
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