Ex-NFL OC Heimerdinger dies

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Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger died Friday night following a battle with cancer. He was 58.

The Titans released several statements Saturday on the former coordinator's death, including one from head coach Mike Munchak, who was the offensive line coach last year when Heimerdinger's diagnosis was made public.

"Mike was a great football coach; and over the years, we had a great relationship," Munchak said. "I learned a lot of football from Mike and I have a number of great memories and experiences that will always be with me. It is just hard to believe he is gone. It is a sad day for his family and for those who knew him."

Heimerdinger was let go as offensive coordinator in February after a three- year stint with the Titans.

He was also the offensive coordinator for the Titans from 2000-04 and held the same position with the Jets in 2005. He was assistant head coach for the Denver Broncos from 2006-07 and coached their wide receivers from 1995-99.

"The Denver Broncos are heartbroken to learn of Mike Heimerdinger's passing on Friday night following his courageous battle with cancer," the team said in a statement.

"Mike coached for the Broncos during the most successful period in team history, highlighted by the club's back-to-back world championship seasons of 1997-98. Known affectionately as Dinger, Mike earned respect and admiration from this franchise and around the NFL for his grit, passion and 'never-give- up' attitude."

Former Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher announced last November that Heimerdinger had been diagnosed with cancer. Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement that the team was saddened by the news of his death.

"Mike was a good man that brought a great level of dedication and professionalism to his job," Reinfeldt said. "He was brave in his fight over the last year and showed such a commitment to the game. Nothing was going to stop him last season from being a part of the team and having his stamp on the games.

"Our thoughts go out to (his wife) Kathie and his kids through this difficult time. Mike and his family will always be with us."


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