During the 2010 NFL season, former Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Heimerdinger has passed away after fighting the disease for nearly a year. He was 58.
Heimerdinger served as offensive coordinator in Tennessee twice, helping the late Steve McNair to a co-MVP award in 2003. Heimerdinger also worked for the Broncos as assistant head coach and the Jets as offensive coordinator.
After being diagnosed with cancer in November, Heimerdinger delayed treatment so that he could travel with the team to Houston and call the plays for the Titans’ game against the Texans.
His college roommate was former Broncos and current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
We extend our condolences to Heimerdinger’s family, players, friends, and colleagues.
UPDATE 10:25 a.m. ET: Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher has provided ESPN’s Chris Mortensen with a comment regarding Heimerdinger’s passing. “He was passionate about the fight, obviously because of his love for his family but what also drove him passionately was his desire to get back on the sideline,” Fisher said. “He loved his family, he loved this game and all that came with it. We’ve lost a great one.”