In his final season, the Lions finished 12-4 and would make it all the way to the NFC Championship Game. However, the championship game was Andolsek's last football game.
Andolsek's name will forever be linked to other NFL tragedies. In 1989, Andolsek's LSU offensive line teammate, Ralph Norwood, was killed in an automobile accident during his rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons. During the 1991 season, Detroit Lions offensive line teammate Mike Utley was paralyzed during a football game. Two days after Andolsek's death, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Jerome Brown was killed in an automobile accident. And two years after Andolsek's death, linebacker Toby Caston was also killed in an automobile accident. Ironically, Caston was Andolsek's teammate with both LSU and the Detroit Lions.
Andolsek's number has been retired by Thibodaux High School. In addition, LSU has named its outstanding senior in spring practice the Eric Andolsek Award, and the Detroit Lions have named its outstanding offensive lineman award after him. His family has also created a charitable foundation in his honor.
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