As the Covid-19 virus continues to plague the nation, it has begun taking the lives of sports figures and celebrities. Former football player Orlando McDaniel died March 27 in Dallas at the age of 59 as a result of complications from the corona virus.

McDaniel had been in Washington, DC and fell ill upon his return home to Dallas.

The former LSU Tigers track star and wide receiver who placed second in the nation in 1980 at the NCAA 110 meter hurdles. As a football player, the wide receiver played from 1978 to 1981 where he caught 64 passes for 1,184 yards and had three touchdowns.

Former LSU Tigers track coach Dennis Shaver spoke on McDaniel said, “Orlando was a tireless worker for the youth in his area. His youth North Texas Cheetahs Track Club, year after year, developed many of the great athletes competing for universities throughout the United States.”

The Denver Broncos drafter McDaniel in the second round of the 1982 draft but the Shreveport, Lousisana native only played three games in the 1982 season.

Survivors include his daughter Alexis.


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