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George McAfee
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Football Player
    (March 13, 1918-March 4, 2009)
    Born in Corby, Kentucky
    George Anderson McAfee
    Played College Football for Duke University (1937-1939)
    NFL All-Star player (1941)
    Played Second-team All-American (1939)
    Halfback for the Chicago Bears (1940-1941; 1945-1950)
    Retired after the 1950 season and operated an oil business in Durham
    His nickname was 'One Shot.'
    He played in the 1939 Rose Bowl, contributing to Duke's 7-3 loss to USC.
    His distinguished football career was overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his death, which received coverage on an episode of Frontline on assisted living facilities.
    As the story went he had unwittingly wandered out of his room unsupervised at the nursing home he resided in and ingested a toxic substance (probably detergent) that was supposed to be kept in a locked cabinet, killing himself instantly.
    He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1961.
    He was inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame, in 1966.
    He batted .353 as a center fielder for the Duke University baseball team.
    He was a crucial factor in the Blue Devils 24-4-1 record, during which they also won two Southern Conference titles.
    He earned a football letter in three consecutive seasons playing for the Duke Blue Devils.
    He led the League in punt-return yardage with 417 on 30 chances for the 1948 season.
    He scored 234 points overall, gaining 5,313 all-purpose yards and 25 interception passes (over eight seasons).
    He also averaged 12.78 yards on 112 punt returns, which stood as an NFL record for a number of years.
    In the same season he also recovered 11 fumbles, a league high.
    The Bears retired his No. 5 jersey after his playing days ended. Red Grange called him 'the most dangerous man with the football in the game.'
    He was diagnosed with dementia in his later years, and the details of his death were heartbreaking.
    His death resulted in the State of Georgia finding the company, Emeritus Senior Living, negligently responsible for his death (his family sued, eventually settling out of court for an undisclosed sum).
    The attention surrounding his death helped draw attention to the squalid conditions, lack of proper training, and malfeasance of many large-scale 'Assisted Living Facilities.'

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