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Author:   westy_1990
Date:   Mar 11, 07 at 10:03pm (PST)
Subject:   [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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quote WrestlingNews.com
Sources: Wrestling Observer, PWInsider.com

The News Star out of Monroe, Louisiana is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd has passed away. Ladd had been battling colon cancer, which spread to his stomach and bones for the past three plus years. Due to knee problems, he'd largely been confined to a wheelchair. Here is their story:

Ernie Ladd, NFL Hall of Fame football player and wrestler, has died
By Nick Deriso


Ernie Ladd, who rose to fame as a football player but made his name nationally as a wrestler, died overnight, according to family members.

Ladd, 68, had battled cancer — first in his colon, then later in his stomach and bones — since 2004. Born Nov. 28, 1938, in Rayville, but raised in Orange, Texas, he worked through his final years as a pastor in the Louisiana town of Franklin.

Funeral arrangements were still pending today, according to Roslyn Ladd, his wife of more than 45 years.

Selected 15th in the American Football League draft by San Diego out of Grambling College, Ladd appeared in three of that now-defunct league's championship games, winning the 1963 title.

"We were like a family," Ladd told The News-Star in May 2005. "We were one of the first integrated teams, with black players and white players as roommates."

He had entered professional football as a heralded 1960 first-team all-league defensive college lineman under former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson. There, Ladd helped GSU to its first-ever Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.

At 6-9 and 315 pounds, he was arguably the biggest GSU star to ever play for Robinson, who remains the all-time winningest football coach in Division I history.

"The first year he was here, he taught me a lesson," Robinson once said. "He told me how good he was. Sure, I'd say. Then he hurt somebody. I'd feel sorry for the people he was tackling."
Elected to four straight AFL All-Star Games from 1962-1965, he later played with the Houston Oilers and the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. While with the Chiefs, he reunited with future Pro Football Hall of Famer Junious "Buck" Buchanan, another Grambling product, and was on the roster for both of Kansas City's Super Bowl appearances.

Ladd began wrestling as a sideline during his rookie AFL season, and found the payday and fame so alluring that eventually he gave up pro football. It was there that he picked up a nickname that would remain with him for life: "Big Cat."

Ladd's storylines resonated during wrestling's earliest flowering as a national attraction, not to mention signature moves that included the "guillotine drop" and a boot to the face. Rivalries with Andre the Giant and Dusty Rhodes helped shape wrestling's 1970s persona.

Today, he's the only person in both the American Football League and World Wrestling Federation halls of fame. Ladd is also a 1994 inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and joined the San Diego Hall of Champions in 2004.

Ladd's knees were so damaged — his first surgery came while still in college — that in his final years, he walked down long staircases backward. But Ladd's boundless spirit was unbowed by his body's failures, as he displayed a touch of humor even after that cancer diagnosis.

"The doctor told me I had three-to-six months to live," Ladd said in 2005, then at the mid-way point in his nearly four year battle with the disease. "I told him Dr. Jesus has the verdict on me."

Ladd was a father of four and grandfather to over a dozen more.
R.I.P





Author:   DCRage
Date:   Mar 11, 07 at 10:32pm (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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Just read about this, not mentioned above is that it was "Classy" Freedie Blassie who got him into wrestling. Not too often dual-sports guys have much success on both fronts, but Ladd was certainly one of those.

This tops off a very sad week for wrestling, by my count no fewer than 4 brothers have left the fraternity. Ladd and all the others will be sorely missed.



Author:   chubbie huicho
Date:   Mar 12, 07 at 3:02am (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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Damn dude, Rest in Piece Big Cat Ernie Lad it's always sad to see someone die, R.I.P. .



Author:   Gotenks
Date:   Mar 12, 07 at 3:48am (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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I never saw him wrestle but it is sad to hear.

R.I.P




Author:   Iconic
Date:   Mar 12, 07 at 4:17am (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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I heard about it early this morning, I didn't know much about him but I had heard of him. I can't recall how but somehow I've heard of him out of Wrestling and the NFL.. I could of swore also that he had surgery in 2005 and was cleared of cancer which was thought to be terminal. He was a good man..sad that another great has passed away, it seems to be happening more frequently now. It's truly a shame, the NFL and Wrestling lost another great Saturday night.

BTW: I can't place my finger on it, but I he seems very familiar, does anyone know any other place I could of seen him?




Author:   0Joe
Date:   Mar 12, 07 at 10:37am (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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Yet another wrestling great dies, it such a shame as well, he was only 68. He's probably up there now having a Triple Threat with Bam Bam and Mike Awesome, teaching them a few things. RIP.



Author:   Audiobank
Date:   Mar 12, 07 at 6:27pm (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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Another death in the wrestling world in such a shorts span is kinda of hard to take in but as always I wish the best to the Ladd family.



Author:   DCRage
Date:   Mar 15, 07 at 4:47pm (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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JR (Jim Ross) made a really good comment on Ladd during a radio interview this morning:
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J.R. says he was really good friends with Ladd and back in the day he would play dominoes with Ladd until 4 in the morning. J.R. said Ladd is in heaven right now playing dominoes and he will be missed.
It's comments like this that always get me thinking that maybe all these guys up there are still lacing up the boots and getting in the ring up there like in the old days.



Author:   latinoheat31
Date:   Mar 15, 07 at 9:37pm (PST)
Subject:   re: [Wrestling Obituary] WWE Hall of Famer 'Big Cat' Ernie Ladd Passes Away
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What's that now 4 deaths in about 9 days! Ernie Ladd, seen him in videos and he seemed quite classy. Another loss to the WWE.

Rest In Peace


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