April 22, 2021

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Rest in Peace Gay Culverhouse

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Gay Culverhouse wasn’t just the daughter of an NFL team owner she was so much more. Gay was the president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1988-1994 and the president of the Notre Dame College for Women 1995-1996, she was an education specialist with an interdisciplinary team in child psychiatry at USF from 1982-1986, Director of Research and Development at Hope Haven Children’s Hospital 1980-1982, Special Education Teacher for language-impaired children aged 7-14 1979-1980. She was the author of Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis From Pee Wee Football to the NFL and testified in 2009 before congress on head injuries in the NFL. Gay Culverhouse was an amazing woman.

She founded Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, which assists retired NFL players access the benefits to which they may be entitled by the NFL.

“Through her nonprofit Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, which until now she’s funded with hundreds of thousands of dollars of her own money, Culverhouse has paid for medical exams for more than two dozen retired players. Her staffers also have assisted retired players with paperwork in an effort to help them cut through the red tape they say they often encounter from the review board that makes decisions on benefits sponsored by the league and players’ union.” – John Barr ESPN

Gay had been diagnosed in 2003 with a painful, debilitating bone marrow disease, myelofibrosis, and life expectancy of this terminal disease is just five years. She lived on doing amazing things for 17 more years and passed away on July 1st at the age of 73 years old. She will be missed by everyone.


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