I can't remember any other case like this in professional sports.
There have been a few cases, but this one is by far the most recent and strikes the closest to home. I'm hoping for word that Joe wasn't on the flight.
This is by far the biggest sports-related plane crash since the Marshall Football team crash in the 70s. Quite a few more notable pro ones before that including an entire Italian Champion soccer team in the late 40s.
Reportedly Alexander Galimov is the lone survivor amongst the passengers. Team spokesman said all main roster players and 4 from the youth team were onboard, but there are some unconfirmed reports that Ruslan Salei was not on the flight and was meeting the team at their destination.
It is so friggin surreal when you look at some of the names on that team, guys that you've watched play for years, maybe forgot about them since they're not on our radar as much anymore.
It's a sick feeling, that's all I can say.