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Has anyone ever died during an NFL game?

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As of April 2014, former Lions receiver Chuck Hughes remains the only player to have died during an NFL game. Hughes died of a heart attack on Oct. 24, 1971, during a game against the Chicago Bears at Detroit's Tiger Stadium.

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Hughes is not the only Detroit Lions player to suffer ill fate on the field. Offensive lineman Mike Utley was paralyzed as a result of a hit during a November 17, 1991 game at the Pontiac Silverdome. In the final game of the1997 season, Detroit Lion Reggie Brown suffered a spinal cord contusion and required emergency surgery to save him from paralysis.

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