Sunday June 12, 2011 7:52 AM
Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Godfrey Myles has died after suffering a massive stroke. He was 42.
Myles’ cousin, Requel Gibson, told The Associated Press on Sunday that Myles died Friday morning.
The Miami native played for the University of Florida from 1987-1990. He served as team captain and made the All-SEC team his senior year.
Myles was selected by the Cowboys in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played six years with the team, earning three Super Bowl rings. He retired after the 1996 season.
Godfrey Myles, dead? Already? At age 42?
Impossible. The Godfrey Myles I knew in college — not well, but I knew him; he played for the Gators, and I wrote about them — wasn’t going to die before he turned 50. Or 80. Or maybe ever. The Godfrey Myles I knew in college was the first perfect physical specimen I’d ever seen, and perfection doesn’t have a shelf life.
Myles never became a great NFL player, and he wasn’t even all that dominant in college. Though he should have been. He was 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, and he was usually one of the two or three fastest players on the field. Physically speaking, he was a freak. But nobody knew what to do with him, because he was so big and strong that he was usually played out of position.
The Gators tried him at linebacker, then safety. The Cowboys used him at linebacker. He was decent, but had he been taught how to play safety — not trying to learn on the job, but learning in high school, in college — he would have been a great pro. A great one. But a torn ACL in Super Bowl XXX effectively ended his career at age 27.
And a heart attack ended his life at age 42.
Rest in peace.
Godfrey Myles was born on September 22nd, 1968 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Myles
September 22nd, 1968
9 + 22 +2+0+1+0 = 34 = his personal year (from September 22nd, 2010 to September 21st, 2011) = Things happen really quickly.
34 year + 5 (May) = 39 = his personal month (from May 22nd, 2011 to June 21st, 2011) = Compliments. The real deal. Nice guy.
39 month + 9 (9th of the month on Thursday June 9th, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Remembrance.
39 month + 12 (12th of the month on Sunday June 12th, 2011) = 51 = his personal day = [It’s] official.