Super Bowl champ Harald Hasselbach dead at 56

 November 26, 2023

Harald Hasselbach, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Denver Broncos, died at the age of 56.

The former defensive lineman passed away after a battle with cancer, according to a statement from his family.

The statement

“We’d like to make it known that he passed from cancer peacefully in the comfort of his home, free of pain,” his family said.

“We learned he had the illness less than 6 months ago and he fought as hard any human possibly could, with incredible strength,” his family added.

His career

"The Washington University product, who was born in the Netherlands, joined the Broncos after four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL, where he was a two-time All-Star and won the Grey Cup in 1992," the New York Post reported.

“Harald was a great Canadian and a championship-calibre player for the Stampeders at a significant time in the franchise’s history,” Stampeders president John Hufnagel said in a statement.

The team's response

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Harald Hasselbach (1994-00), a DE on our back-to-back Super Bowl teams who courageously fought a recent cancer diagnosis," the Denver Broncos said in a statement on social media.

"Our hearts go out to Harold’s wife, Aundrea, his four children & many loved ones," it noted.

Hasselbach recorded 154 tackles, 17.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, according to the team's tribute to the former player.

He played in 29 games during his time with the Broncos, becoming one of a small number of people to play for both a CFL Grey Cup championship team and a Super Bowl-winning team during some of the best years the Denver franchise and fan base has experienced in the team's history.

The loss of the former player is mourned by family, friends and fans who remember his terrific performance on the playing field that took his team to two championships. He leaves behind a wife, Aundrea; his four children, Ashlee, Terran, Aven and Kian; and four grandchildren.

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