Former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and two-time Super Bowl winner Jack “Hydroplane” Deloplaine has passed away. He was 68. Let’s see what happened, how did Jack Deloplaine die, and his cause of death.
How did Jack Deloplaine die?
The Steelers Alumni office confirmed Deloplaine’s passing to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 on Wednesday.
Jack “Hydroplane” Deloplaine, a former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a graduate of Salem University passed away on Wednesday at the age of 68, 12 News reported.
Still, there is no information on how and where did Jack Deloplaine die once there is enough information we will update this page.
Jack Deloplaine Cause of death
Salem’s athletic director, Alexander Joseph, released a statement saying, “We are saddened by the news and express our condolences to his family and friends.
At this time, no information surrounding the funeral arrangements has been made public.
There was no quick confirmation of a cause of death. We have been trying to contact family members and relatives for a comment. We will update the page once enough information is available.
Jack Deloplaine Life
Jack Deloplaine, born on April 21, 1954, excelled as a student-athlete while representing the university.
He garnered a number of awards while attending Salem University, including 1975 West Virginia Amateur Athlete of the Year, NAIA All-American, and Tigers offensive MVP. Deloplaine was a four-time member of the All-WVIAC team and was also selected as an AP College Division All-American.
Deloplaine received his diploma in 1976, was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the National Football League Draft, and was a part of the Super Bowl XIII winning squad. He briefly played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, the Chicago Bears, and the Washington Redskins.
He took part in basketball tournaments for the Steelers’ charitable causes and made cameos in Kenny Rogers’ “America” television particular and the Special Olympics.
The “Jack Deloplaine Leadership Award,” which is given yearly to an athlete who represents the athletic spirit, success, and leadership, bears Deloplaine’s name. He is also a member of the Pottstown, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In honor of Jack Deloplaine’s accomplishments, the sports department also conducts the annual Jack Deloplaine golf trip every summer.
Jack Deloplaine Career
Jack Deloplaine, who is originally from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, attended Salem College, which is now Salem University, in Harrison County, West Virginia. There, in the 1976 season, he led the NAIA in scoring with 22 touchdowns. He was the first player to ever come out of Salem College and get picked into the NFL when the Steelers selected him in the sixth round of the 1976 NFL Draft.
During the 1976 preseason, Deloplaine got the nickname “Hydroplane” for his skill at running the football when it was raining.
Jack Deloplaine spent his entire four-year career with the Steelers, setting a rookie running record and earning a Super Bowl ring in 1980.
He also played for the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. Deloplaine had 37 carries for 165 yards and two scores to cap off his career.
Tributes to Jack Deloplaine
Joe Myers tweeted,
#RIP former Steelers RB Jack Deloplaine, who passed away Monday. Here he is sharing his Super Bowl ring with my son @J_Myers304 and friend @GinoAquilino at the Wheeling Bluesfest a couple of years ago. Jack was a great guy – way too young to lose him.
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