Godfrey Myles

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Godfrey Myles
No. 98
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-09-22)September 22, 1968
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Date of death: June 10, 2011(2011-06-10) (aged 42)
Place of death: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Carol City
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 3 / Pick: 62
Debuted in 1991 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1996 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1996
Games played 76
Games started 11
Tackles 135
Interceptions 2
Fumbles recovered 2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Godfrey Clarence Myles (September 22, 1968 – June 10, 2011) was an American college and professional football player who played linebacker in National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the 1990s. Myles played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, winning three Super Bowl championships with the Cowboys.

Early years[edit]

Myles was born in Miami, Florida in 1968.[1] He attended Miami Carol City High School in Miami Gardens,[2] and played high school football for the Carol City Chiefs.

College career[edit]

Myles accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Galen Hall and coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football teams from 1987 to 1990.[3] He was a team captain and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection at safety in his senior season in 1990, after being a Sporting News honorable mention All-American at linebacker as a junior in 1989.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys selected Myles in the third round (sixty-second pick overall) in the 1991 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for coach Jimmy Johnson and coach Barry Switzer's Cowboys from 1991 to 1996.[5] He was mainly used as a backup linebacker and special teams player. During his six-season NFL career with the Cowboys, the team won three Super Bowls (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX), and Myles recorded 135 tackles and two interceptions.[1][6] Myles started in eleven games during the 1995 season, but injured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Super Bowl XXX.[7] He returned to the Cowboys for his final season in 1996, but his playing time was reduced and he never started again.[7]

Myles signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent in April 1997, but they waived him on August 20, 1997, before the start of the 1997 regular season.[8]

Death[edit]

It was initially reported that Myles suffered a massive heart attack on June 8, 2011,[9] and that he died in Miami.[7][10] It was subsequently reported that Myles had, in fact, suffered a massive stroke,[11] and expired when his family decided to remove life support after he had been declared brain dead on June 9, 2011.

Myles died in the early morning of June 10, 2011; he was 42 years old.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Godfrey Myles. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Godfrey Myles. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  3. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 88, 97, 124, 154, 183 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1991 National Football League Draft. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  5. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Godfrey Myles. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Know Your Dallas Cowboys, Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #98. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Calvin Watkins, "Godfrey Myles, 42, dies," ESPN (June 10, 2011). Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  8. ^ Associated Press, "Joyner struggles to win job," The Dispatch, p. 3B (August 21, 1997). Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Report: Cowboys linebacker Godfrey Myles suffers heart attack," The Dallas Morning News (June 9, 2011). Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  10. ^ Jason Lieser, "Gator Bytes: Former Florida player Godfrey Myles passes away," The Palm Beach Post (June 10, 2011). Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  11. ^ a b Associated Press, "Dallas Cowboys linebacker Godfrey Myles dies at 42 in Miami after massive stroke," The Washington Post (June 12, 2011). Retrieved June 13, 2011.

Bibliography[edit]

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  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.