Former Broncos defensive lineman Harald Hasselbach dies at 56

Former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Harald Hasselbach, a two-time Super Bowl champion, passed away at the age of 56 after a valiant six-month battle with metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma. His family announced his peaceful passing, stating that he was “free of pain.”

Throughout his illustrious career with the Broncos from 1994 to 2000, Hasselbach exhibited unwavering dedication, never missing a game in his 131 appearances, including the postseason. His resilience and strength were further demonstrated in his fierce fight against cancer, garnering support from teammates, coaches, and loved ones worldwide.

A key contributor to the Broncos’ success, Hasselbach played a pivotal role in the team’s appearances at the 1998 and 1999 Super Bowls, starting in every game during the latter playoff run. Beyond the NFL, he holds a unique distinction as one of the select few players to have secured both a Super Bowl ring and a Canadian Football League Grey Cup. Originally drafted into the CFL in 1989, Hasselbach made a triumphant transition to the NFL five years later.

The Broncos organization expressed their condolences, extending heartfelt sympathies to Harald’s wife, Aundrea, his four children, and numerous loved ones. Hasselbach’s legacy lives on not only in his on-field achievements but also in the indomitable spirit with which he faced life’s challenges.


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