NFL Pro Bowler Dead; Brain Donated To Science

Jerry SturmThe Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University will study how football affected Sturm’s brain.

June 19, 2020

Fox News – Denver Broncos great Jerry Sturm, who helped the FBI turn in a guy who wanted him to throw a game, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Sturm was an offensive lineman and two-time Pro Bowler for the Broncos. He also played for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Sturm was named one of the 100 greatest Broncos players of all-time. 

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His cause of death was unclear. He had been said to be suffering from dementia.

Sturm recalled to the Houston Chronicle in January 2004 he was asked to throw a football game for a guy and a bookie in exchange for $10,000.

“The guy and a gambler from L.A. offered me a bribe to snap the ball badly on extra points and field goals, and maybe blow a snap to the quarterback — stuff like that,” he told the paper. “So I turned ’em in.”

His family said that they would donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University to study how football affected it … Read more.

Jerry Sturm with Joe Namath. | Credit: Brett Sturm

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Jerry Sturm

During his 15-year professional career, Jerry Sturm played in 2 Pro Bowls. After being a part of many other NFL teams, Jerry made his way back to Denver to open The South, one of the best American/Mexican restaurants in town.


  • Position: Center-Tackle-Guard
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Weight: 260 lbs.
  • College: Illinois

NFL Career:

  • Denver Broncos 1961-1966
  • New Orleans Saints 1967-1970
  • Houston Oilers 1971
  • Philadelphia Eagles 1972 | Source 

Jerry Gordon Sturm (December 31, 1936 – June 17, 2020) was an American professional gridiron football player. He played college football at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

He played professionally in Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1958), and Calgary Stampeders (1959–1960), the American Football League (AFL) for the Denver Broncos (1961–1966), and in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints (1967–1970), Houston Oilers (1971), and Philadelphia Eagles (1972). He was an American Football League All-Star in 1964 and 1966.

After retiring from football, Sturm owned “The South” restaurant along with his wife, Debbie, in Englewood, Colorado The restaurant offers a selection of Mexican and American food.

Sturm died on June 17, 2020. He had been suffering from dementia prior to his death. His family announced that they would be donating Sturm’s brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University to study the effects of brain trauma from Sturm’s football career.


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