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Jeff Winans

  • Original Name Jeffrey Dow
  • Birth 12 Oct 1951 Turlock, Stanislaus County, California, USA
  • Death 21 Dec 2012 Turlock, Stanislaus County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 102682211

Professional Football Player. For five seasons (1973, 1975 to 1978), he played at the guard, defensive end, tackle and defensive tackle positions in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Born Jeff Dow Winans, he attended Turlock High School in California and played collegiate football at the University of Southern California (UCS). While with the Trojans, he was a contributor to USC's perfect season of 1972, for which culminated in a 42 to 17 victory over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl Game (1973). Selected by Buffalo during the 2nd-round of the 1973 NFL Draft, he appeared in 35 regular season games. During his years with the Bills, Winans served as a blocker for quarterback Joe Ferguson and running back O.J. Simpson. After retiring from football, Winans' health rapidly declined as endured an accidental gunshot wound which would require his right leg amputated below the knee. Additionally, he underwent numerous surgeries. His mental capacity deteriorated due to the head trauma he was subjected to during his football career. He was formerly married to author and motivational speaker Brandi Winans whom penned an autobiography titled "The Flip Side of Glory" (2009), which recounted life with Jeff as his health declined. Jeff and Brandi fought vigorously for disability benefits from the NFL and helped draw attention to the devastating affects on former players. Like many players before him whom suffered from long-range disabilities as a result of playing professional football, Winans' brain and spinal chord were donated to Boston University for medical research.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 26 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102682211
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeff Winans (12 Oct 1951–21 Dec 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102682211, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Unknown.