Pittsburgh Steelers fans are dealing with another sad loss today. Marv Kellum, who used to play linebacker, died on Saturday, February 5, 2023. He was 70 years old.
Quick Facts About the Marv Kellum
|Name||Marvin Lee Kellum|
|Birth||June 23, 1952|
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
|Death||February 5, 2023|
About the Marv Kellum
Marvin Lee Kellum was an American football player who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for four seasons. He was born on June 23, 1952. He was on the Steelers teams that won the first two World Championships and Super Bowls IX and X. He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals. Kellum picked up a loose ball on the first kickoff of the second half of Super Bowl IX. This led to the first touchdown of the game. Most of his time with the Steelers was spent on special teams.
During Kellum’s first year at Wichita State University, 14 Shocker players, head coach Ben Wilson, and 14 other people died in a plane crash near the Continental Divide in Colorado. Kellum and his teammates from the freshman team were moved up to the varsity team along with players who were not in the crash.
Three weeks after the accident, WSU resumed its season thanks to an NCAA waiver that let the Shockers use freshmen on their varsity team (the NCAA prohibited freshmen from playing varsity football and basketball at the time; those restrictions were repealed in January 1972).
Marv Kellum Career
Kellum was a linebacker for the Steelers for three years. He joined the team in 1974 from Wichita State. During his three years with the Steelers, he played in all 14 games each year. The Steelers won the Super Bowl at the end of two of those seasons.
In the first half of Super Bowl IX, the Steelers had trouble moving the ball, so they kicked off to Minnesota to start the second half. During the return, Bill Brown of the Vikings lost the ball, and Kellum of the Steelers picked it up deep in Vikings territory at the 30.
The Steelers offense had been going nowhere until the turnover. Four plays later, Franco Harris, who later became a Hall of Famer, took a handoff 9 yards into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. It was the first of two touchdowns for the Steelers, who would go on to win their first Super Bowl, 16-6.
Marv Kellum Cause of Death
Marv Kellum, a former linebacker, passed away on February 5, 2023, at the age of 70. A GoFundMe site set up to help the former NBFL player fight his illness says that Marv was “diagnosed with stomach cancer and multiple myeloma cancer.” “Like everything else he sets out to do, he is working hard to beat this cancer,” the website continued to tell friends and followers.
In fact, fans used social media to pay tribute to the “fighting hard” spirit they saw on the field in 1975. Marv picked up a fumble, which helped the Steelers win 16-6.
Steelers Nation says that Marv’s family includes Sandy, his wife of 46 years, two sons, and four grandchildren. The GoFundMe page for the Kansas native called him “a true inspiration, a fighter, a hard worker, a great family man, and a friend to all who know him.”
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