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Former Titans lineman dies of congestive heart failure at age 31

Mario Branch, an offensive tackle who spent two training camps with the Titans, has died of congestive heart failure at the age of 31.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that the 6-foot-7, 345-pound Branch passed away at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville.

Branch played his college ball at Mississippi Valley State and was in camp with the Titans in 2003 and 2004. He played for two Arena league teams but never played in an NFL regular-season game.

Branch is survived by two young children, four sisters and three brothers.

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18 Responses to “Former Titans lineman dies of congestive heart failure at age 31”
  1. jw731 says: Apr 8, 2011 12:27 PM

    31 years old…….That’s sad..

  2. primetime17 says: Apr 8, 2011 1:24 PM

    My prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace Brother, and may the Lord watch over the wife and children.

  3. broncobeta says: Apr 8, 2011 1:24 PM

    Poor guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  4. biggerballz says: Apr 8, 2011 1:24 PM

    RIP

  5. goawayeverybody says: Apr 8, 2011 1:31 PM

    Very very sad. But not surprising at all, considering the fast food explosion and explosion of poor nutrition in this country.

    Listen up everyone: take your vitamins! Eat leafy green vegetables EVERY day! Cut down on the caffeine and sugar! Eat foods high in good cholesterol (like olive oil)!

    And go walking for at least 20 minutes a day!

  6. Deb says: Apr 8, 2011 1:46 PM

    Horrible way to die … and unimaginable in one so young. May God be with his family, especially the children. RIP

  7. Davo says: Apr 8, 2011 2:19 PM

    @goawayeverybody: While you may be right, this post really isn’t the time or place for a lecture.

  8. terminalsd says: Apr 8, 2011 2:29 PM

    SAD!! My god bless your soul.

  9. 44kyle says: Apr 8, 2011 3:22 PM

    The most important health concern for NFL players is not PEDs or concussions. It’s obesity in linemen. I really think that the 2 sides should agree on a limit on %body fat to help prevent premature deaths. Sorry to put this in this thread dedicated to a fellow soul who passed away far too early, but perhaps some good could come about from this tragedy.

  10. jpiro says: Apr 8, 2011 3:40 PM

    44kyle,

    So the average American on the street can be as fat as he/she likes, but we’re going to put a limit on the % of body fat a professional athlete can have?

    Not only is that a civil rights violation, it’s absurd.

  11. goawayeverybody says: Apr 8, 2011 3:42 PM

    Wow, people here really are braindead. The fact that my previous comment got so many down-rates means that people in this country are adamant about defending their poor nutritional habits. Stunning. But not surprising.

  12. boknowsvt says: Apr 8, 2011 4:12 PM

    goawayeverybody says:
    Apr 8, 2011 3:42 PM
    Wow, people here really are braindead. The fact that my previous comment got so many down-rates means that people in this country are adamant about defending their poor nutritional habits. Stunning. But not surprising.
    *******************************************

    I don’t think it’s because people disagree with you, it’s probably because they feel that this isn’t the place to get all preachy. I think most people just wish to express their condolences.

  13. NoWearMan says: Apr 8, 2011 4:45 PM

    If he never played a single snap in an NFL game, how can he be a “former titan”?

  14. canetic says: Apr 8, 2011 5:08 PM

    @goawayeverybody — the article says nothing about dietary habits contributing to his death. At this young age, it was likely a congential problem. Do you think a former college and pro player didn’t “walk 20 minutes a day”?

  15. steelers101 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:26 PM

    How can anyone give a “thumbs down” when somebody comments anything about “prayer”, “RIP”, “God bless their soul” etc. Even if you choose not to believe in a greater power, just pass on the thumbs down. There are children and other family members grieving over their loss. I PRAY it doesn’t happen to your lost soul before it’s too late!

  16. terrellblowens says: Apr 8, 2011 6:05 PM

    Are you kidding me, PFT blocked my comment that said “RIP, and how in the world do people give thumbs down to those expressing condolences?”

    Screw you guys

  17. 44kyle says: Apr 8, 2011 9:25 PM

    jpiro:

    If there was agreement on the % bodyfat issue, the players would benefit. Right now they’re basically forced to become obese to be able to compete. If they could agree to a limit, lives would be prolonged. Also, I’m very worried about High School kids getting immense because of the example of NFL linemen. The game doesn’t need guys to be this massive. The 350 pounder is a very recent phenomenon. As to whether it’s a civil rights issue, you are being ridiculous. As if a h.s. wrestler could accuse his coach of a civil rights violation for insisting the kid make weight.

  18. jpiro says: Apr 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    Not at all the same. A HS wrestler can move up in weight freely, all the way up to Super Heavyweight which has no upper limit.

    I guarantee that if the NCAA tried to prevent a kid from playing because he was over a certain weight they’d be sued inside of a week.

    Not saying I agree, just stating the reality.

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