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Williams, Binn recall how Mims was always making others smile

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    He was on the practice field when the news, shocking and horrible, was first being reported. Word of Chris Mims' death was waiting at his locker, delivered via text messages and news flashes on his PDA.

    Jamal Williams hung his head.

    “Genuine guy, man,” Williams said. “One of those guys who'd walk into a crowd and make everybody smile, just off his aura alone.”

    Now the elder of the Chargers defense, Williams was a rookie when Mims was winding down his NFL career in the San Diego defensive line. By then, Mims already had started in what remains the Chargers' lone appearance in a Super Bowl.

    Mims, 38, was found dead Wednesday in his Los Angeles apartment, discovered shortly before 9:30 a.m. by police officers conducting a welfare check, police said. There was “no evidence of foul play,” police said, though it was noted that Mims had suffered from “weight and medical problems.” An autopsy was planned.

    “It's sad,” said long snapper David Binn, the only active remnant from the 1994 AFC championship team. “He was one of the personalities of the locker room, for sure. He was always laughing, smiling, having a good time ...

    “We'd get on the plane on road trips and it was like a comedy show, Chris and other guys going back and forth. Reuben Davis. Shawn Lee. Deems May. All those guys laughing in the back of the plane.”

    Binn was struck by another thought about that team, this one eerie. Mims is the fifth player from the '94 Chargers to die.

    David Griggs, a linebacker, died in a 1995 car crash in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Running back Rodney Culver was killed in the ValuJet plane crash of May 1996. Another linebacker, Doug Miller, was fatally hit by two bolts of lightning in July 1998 in Colorado. Center Curtis Whitley, released by the Chargers after a drunken-driving incident in '94, was found dead in his West Texas trailer home in May of this year.

    “Kinda crazy, huh?” Binn said. “Five guys out of 45. That's statistically amazing.”

    Mims, who was born in L.A., played collegiately at Tennessee and was picked in the first round (23rd overall) by the Chargers in 1992. He had 10 sacks that season, the second-highest rookie total in club history, as the Chargers won the AFC West. In 1994, when the Chargers advanced to the Super Bowl after again winning the division, Mims had a career-high 11 sacks.

    Mims played for the Chargers from 1992-99, except for 1997 when he was with the Washington Redskins. He retired in 2000 after failing to make the Chicago Bears roster in training camp. The 6-foot-5 Mims, who was listed at 300 pounds during his final NFL season in 1999, battled his weight and had legal and financial problems off the field during his time with the Chargers. He played in 104 games during his eight seasons in the league, starting 64, and had 42 sacks and forced 10 fumbles.
  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    RIP Chris :icon_sad:

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