Former Eagles DE Will Wynn, 64, dies

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Eagles DE Will Wynn (71) hits Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. (AP Photo)

Former Eagles defensive end Will Wynn died Tuesday, June 4 at the age of 64 of heart failure at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, the team announced. Wynn is survived by his wife, Tina, and five children. Funeral services are pending.

A seventh-round pick out of Tennessee State, Wynn spent four seasons with the Eagles (1973-76) and another with the Washington Redskins (1977). During his 54-game career with the Eagles, Wynn recorded eight fumble recoveries and two touchdowns.

“He was one of the fastest defensive linemen I have ever seen and he played the game hard,” said former teammate Harold Carmichael, now the Eagles’ director of player programs. “He was just a great guy. He loved living in Philadelphia and being part of the community. The fans loved him and he loved them. It’s a big loss.”

Wynn "played with a joy of the game, just as he had a joy for life beyond the game of football," the team said in a press release.

“When I first met him we hit it off and became very close. We shared a lot of very close personal matters and we were great friends,” said former Eagles defensive end Greg Brown. “We did so much together – a lot of volunteer things like going out to West Chester and passing out baskets at Thanksgiving – and Will was just that. He was that kind of person.”