Shanahan mourns loss of Heimerdinger

Mike Heimerdinger, the former offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, has died of cancer at the age of 58. As Bill Williamson writes on his AFC West blog, Heimerdinger was a critical part of the success that Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos had in winning two Super Bowls in the late 1990s. Heimerdinger and Shanahan were also college roommates and remained close friends throughout their coaching careers.

"We lost a very special person and my best friend in Mike Heimerdinger," Shanahan said in a statement released by the Redskins on Saturday. "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."

A sad day for the NFL and for Shanahan. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mike Heimerdinger, but it is clear from the reaction to today's news that he touched a great many people and will be missed. All the best to those who knew and loved him.