Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jack Deloplaine dead at 68

Football fans were saddened this week to learn that two-time Super Bowl champion Jack “Hydroplane” Deloplaine passed away at the age of 68. 

Deloplaine earned nickname for his ability to run well in the rain

CBS News reported Deloplaine’s demise on Thursday, stating that the official cause of his death has not yet been released.

The network recalled how Deloplaine was a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers from, recording 165 yards and two touchdowns in 40 games.

It also noted that Deloplaine earned the nickname “Hydroplane” for his ability to run well despite playing under wet conditions.

Upon learning of his death, some of Deloplaine’s fans took to social media where they shared fond memories of meeting the late football player, calling him “a great guy.”

Fallen athlete remembered for being “a legend” in his Pennsylvania hometown

Joining them in speaking out was sports writers and CBS Sports broadcaster Jeff Kerr, who tweeted, “R.I.P. Jack Deloplaine. Before he was ‘Hydroplane,’ he was a Pottstown legend.”

According to the radio station WBOY, Deloplaine was native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania and played football at West Virginia’s Salem College, which is now known as Salem University.

During his time playing for Salem, Deloplaine led the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1976 by managing to score 22 touchdowns.

Following his graduation, Deloplaine became the first ever Salem alumnus to play in the NFL when he was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 quoted a statement from Salem University Athletic Director Alexander Joseph regarding Deloplaine’s death which read, “We are saddened by the news and send the best to his family and friends.”

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