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Sad news

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor whose "last lecture" about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and the inspiration for a book, died Friday. He was 47.

One of the few dreams he didn't realize was playing in the NFL, but last October he participated in practice with his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The skinny professor ran patterns for wide receiver Hines Ward and head coach Mike Tomlin was very complimentary of his work.

If you've never seen the video, there's no time like the present. This doesn't have anything to do with the NFC East, but it doesn't matter. This man touched a lot of lives without really trying.

He had no idea that this lecture would become a worldwide sensation, and he was even a little embarrassed about all the attention he received. He ended up living much longer than his original prognosis.

And even though it was too brief, it was a life well lived.