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Former OL Ralph Wenzel dies from complications of dementia

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Former NFL offensive lineman Ralph Wenzel, whose battle with dementia pushed him to the fore of the current player safety debate, died Monday. The 69-year-old Wenzel died from complications of dementia, according to his wife, Dr. Eleanor Perfetto, via the New York Times. Only in recent years has the NFL been willing to admit the possibility…

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Former Steelers Lineman Ralph Wenzel Has Died After Suffering From Alzheimer’s-type Dementia

Former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ralph Wenzel passed away today at the age of 69. Wenzel suffered from Alzheimer’s-type dementia.

Wenzel was originally drafted by Green Bay Packers in the 11th round of the 1966 draft. The Packers traded the San Diego State product to the Cleveland Browns shortly after he was drafted. The Browns ended up waiving Wenzel shortly after trading for him and the Steelers claimed him off of waivers. It was the third team in less than two months time for the 6-foot-2, 240 pound guard.

Wenzel played five seasons with the Steelers and wore number 62. He is listed as Read more […]

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