Korey Stringer's Death Affects Bucs

Aug. 1 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saddened by the death of Minnesota Vikings right tackle Korey Stringer, who passed away early Wednesday morning after suffering complications from heat stroke. Bucs head coach Tony Dungy, offensive line coach Chris Foerster, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, guard Randall McDaniel, center Jeff Christy and quarterback Brad Johnson were all former teammates of Stringer's.

Tampa Bay head coach Tony Dungy is one of six Buccaneers who was part of the Minnesota Vikings at one time and knew Minnesota right tackle Korey Stringer, who died at age 27 from heat stroke earlier that morning. Dungy said that his death served as a reminder how deadly the sun can be when precautions aren't taken and how precious life is.

"We got the news early this morning on Korey Stringer and it's definitely something that every NFL player and coach is saddened by," Dungy said. "It's especially tough on our group. Jeff Christy, Randall McDaniel, Chris Foerster, Brad Johnson, myself - we've all spent time up there and were there with Korey. It's something that comes as a shock. It's a tough situation and a warning for everybody. All we can take out of it is to make sure we hydrate as much as we can."

Stringer, 27, had missed part of Monday's workout from heat exhaustion, and vomited three times during Tuesday's practice before collapsing. His body temperature was 108 degrees when he entered the hospital. Below are comments from some of Stringer's former teammates:

Christy: "The thing that I remember the most of Korey is how great of a teammate he was. I was saddened when I heard the news and I would like to extend my condolences to Korey and his family. The guy was on the verge of becoming a great player in the NFL."

McDaniel; "First and foremost, I like to express my deepest sympathies to Korey's family. He was a great player, a great teammate and on the verge of becoming one of the more dominant offensive tackles in the league."

Foerster: "There's nothing you can do but be there for the guys that knew Korey. You have to be there and be supportive in any way you can. Everyone needs to rehydrate. I'm not even sure on all the details on what happened with Korey. I just know it's important to everybody.

"The thing I always remember about Korey is that he always had a smile on his face. He loved coming to practice, loved to come to work, had a good attitude and a good perspective on the game. He enjoyed what he did. He was your typical big, fun-loving offensive lineman. That's how I will remember Korey Stringer."

Johnson: "I'm probably in shock. It's unfortunate that it happened. When I think of Korey I get a smile on my face. He always brought a smile to the room wherever he was, no matter what the situation. He was a great guy to be with, a hard worker and a good person. He was a great imitator of people. He'd crack up a room regardless of the situation. A lot of times we'd be in the huddle and couldn't get a first down or something, he'd make some joke and lighten up the situation. Just good memories."


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