Leon Bender

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Leon Bender
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-08-08)August 8, 1975
Place of birth: Ontario, California
Date of death: May 30, 1998(1998-05-30) (aged 22)
Place of death: Marietta, Georgia
Career information
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 1997 All-American Dream Team selection by the Sports Network
  • 1997 First-team All-Pac-10 Conference choice by the Gridiron Report
Career NFL statistics as of 1998
Games played: --
Games started: --
Fumble recoveries: --
Player stats at NFL.com

Leon Bender (August 8, 1975 – May 30, 1998) was an American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 1998 NFL Draft out of Washington State in the second round. However, on May 30, 1998, five weeks after the draft, Bender died before gaining the opportunity to play an NFL game. Bender graduated in 1993 from Santana High School in Santee, California.


Bender was found dead on May 30, 1998 in the home of Terry Bolar in Marietta, Georgia.[1] Bender was visiting Bolar, an associate of Eugene Parker, Bender's agent. The Cobb County (Ga.) medical examiner's office confirmed on June 10, that a seizure disorder was the cause of death.


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