AWA And Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Veteran Bob Bruggers Passes Away At The Age Of 80

According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Bob Bruggers, a former NFL star who worked as a wrestler for the AWA and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling passed away last Friday in Florida at the age of 80.

Bruggers played for five seasons in the NFL, three with the Miami Dolphins and two with the San Diego Chargers until he retired from the sport in 1971. Bruggers was then introduced to pro wrestling by Wahoo McDaniel and was trained by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson. He would then make his debut for the AWA in 1972 before moving to Championship Wrestling From Florida in 1973.

Bruggers then moved to Mid-Atlantic Wrestling in 1973, but his career ended abruptly when he was a passenger on the October 4th, 1975 plane crash alongside David Crockett, Johnny Valentine, Tim Woods, and Ric Flair.

We here at send our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Mr. Bruggers.