Strong in the pool—he won two individual medals at the 2001 Goodwill Games—Crippen was even stronger in the open water. He won gold in the 2007 Pan Am Games in the 10-km open-water race and took bronze in the '09 worlds in the same event. Crippen died during an October meet in the United Arab Emirates in which the water was 86°; the investigation into his death, believed to be the first in a FINA event, is ongoing.
Dodge Morgan, 78
In 1986, Morgan, a former Air Force fighter pilot, became the first American to sail around the world alone. In American Promise, a 60-foot cutter, he made the trip in 150 days—beating the record by 142. Before leaving he met with psychologists who determined he had the makeup to spend months alone. Upon returning, Morgan said that his most harrowing moment was "when I pulled the next-to-last bottle of beer from the bilge."
Lorenzen Wright, 34
The 6'11" Wright was the pride of Memphis: He was a star at Booker T. Washington High and at the University of Memphis, and he spent five of his 13 NBA seasons with the Grizzlies. Drafted seventh by the Clippers in 1996, Wright was known not only as a tireless rebounder but also as an ambassador for his hometown. In July his bullet-riddled body was discovered in a patch of woods on the outskirts of the city.
Stan Jones, 78
One of the first pro athletes to use weight training, Jones—a Hall of Famer who was just 140 pounds when he started playing football at Lemoyne (Pa.) High—disproved the notion that lifting would lead to a loss in mobility. At 6'1" and 250 pounds, he was one of the NFL's best pulling guards, making seven straight Pro Bowls for the Bears. In 1962, Jones's ninth NFL season, he played both ways; the next year he switched to defensive tackle.
Tom Brookshier, 78
A 10th-round pick out of Colorado in 1953, Brookshier played seven seasons as a hard-hitting defensive back with the Eagles, twice making the Pro Bowl. Philadelphia retired his number after a broken leg prematurely ended his playing days. In 1962, Brookshier began a second career, in broadcasting, and by the mid-1970s he and Pat Summerall had become TV's most recognizable NFL team, calling three Super Bowls.
Mike Cuellar, 72