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Shanahan Helps Heimerdinger Foundation

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 29, 2012 – 11:33 am

Mike Shanahan will be one of three NFL head coaches taking part in next month’s events honoring their friend and former assistant coach Mike Heimerdinger.

Heimerdinger died last September after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer the year before while working as the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator.

Shanahan and Heimerdinger were close friends and college roommates at Eastern Illinois University. Shanahan hired Heimerdinger as his wide receivers coach in Denver from 1995-1999 and the two were reunited in Denver in 2007 when Heimerdinger was hired as assistant head coach-quarterbacks.

Shanahan will be joined by St. Louis Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher and Houston Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak for the “Drive for Dinger,” a June 29 golf tournament that raises money for the Heimerdinger Foundation, according to the Associated Press.

The event also features a dinner and silent auction to be held June 28.

Heimerdinger spent 16 seasons as an NFL assistant coach for the Broncos, Titans and the New York Jets. Shanahan released this statement following Heimerdinger’s death last September:

“We lost a very special person and my best friend in Mike Heimerdinger. I know the man upstairs needed a superstar so he took him earlier than we all wanted. His love for his family was unprecedented and I will forever miss him.‚ÄĚ

Those looking to donate to the Heimerdinger Foundation — which raises awareness of cancer treatment options and healthier lifestyles — can do so by clicking here.


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