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From the Shreveport Times
Former NBA player
dies in parents'
Former NBA player Orlando Woolridge was
pronounced dead in his parents' Mansfield (La.)
home Thursday night.
Desoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy
Locke said Woolridge, 52, had been under
hospice care for a chronic heart condition.
The 6-foot, 9-inch Mansfield High
basketball star played collegiate basketball
with Notre Dame, where he was a member
of the 1978 Final Four team. His
professional career began in 1981 when
he was drafted in the first round by the
Woolridge went on to play with a number of
NBA teams before he retired in 1994. He
was inducted in 2010 in to the Louisiana
Sports Hall of Fame.
Rest in peace tall man.
Prayers. I really liked him. Hopefully he is better now. How sad.
2 time POTW winner on some dates I can't remember from 2yrs ago at BNG,
POTW: 1/3/11- 1/9/11, 6/20/11-6/26/11
The Kelly Tripucka-Tracy Jackson-Orlando Woolrdige triumvirate signed in 1977 was the most memorable and productive group signed by ND basketball, in my opinion, and Orlando was the first real "Skywalker" recruit for the Irish. They provided many a great days in Irish lore.
Rest In Peace.
RIP, Big O.
I remember very well, Orlando hitting a 'last shot of the game' sideline jumper to upset #1 and 23 - 0, Virginia, and Ralph Sampson. I was watching the game on TV and still can hear Al Maguire's amazing call while the ball was just reaching the peak of what was a very high arc: "That's gonna go"!! Orlando was a great athlete but suffered through some severe personal problems. A sad ending for a guy who gave us some great moments.
One of my all time favorite athletes at ND in basketball or football. As a kid i loved watching him and those teams he was on. Great memories as a kid. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Two time Poster of The Week, 2011 and 2013.
Orlando was an athletic big player that was electric with the ball in his hands.
I remember one game, sitting up in the Student section on the pull-out bleachers, when Orlando dribbled the ball all the way up the court, paused as if to pass off in the half-court set, only to drive and dunk it over two players trying to stop him.
We went nuts. He was that good.
He struggled with drug addiction post (maybe even during) ND, and that seemed to take a toll.
Wish the big guy and his family peace.
"Having the right to do something doesn't mean it's right to do it." -- Chief Justice Warren Burger
I really enjoyed watching Orlando. He really made it look so easy.I have no real special moment or game to remember him by, Just that He was True Notre dame Man
God Bless you and Rest in Peace big guy!!!!!!!
2 Time POTW in a previous life Plus 1 on 24/7 = Gringo Mafia Professor Emeritus of Veterans Affairs.
I grew up on that team. Those upsets of DePaul, UVA, and Final Four run are my earliest ND basketball memories. Those, combined with Dan Devine's late 70's football teams to go along with it made it easy for me to fall in love with the University as a child of the 1970s.
First Blair, now Orlando. 2012 hasn't been kind to my childhood Irish heroes.
My luck w/the Irish 20-6...GO IRISH!!!
May he rest in peace.
"PRAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY"
God Bless Orlando and his family.
Retired New Jersay.
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