June 19, 1986–The Tragic Death of Len Bias

June 19, 1986 was the day when my heart was broken. Everyone knows my devotion to the Terrapin Basketball team, But back then the joy that watching Len Bias gave me was and still is unmatched. Lenny was the 2nd athlete I was ever in awe of–First of course was #19. When I heard on the radio that Lenny was dead, I was frozen in my tracks. I called my wife in tears and could not even get the words out. When Len was drafted by the Celtics, I can always remember Larry Bird saying he was going to rookie camp. Everyone was ready to dump the Bullets and become Celtic fans. Never ever in my wildest imagination could I have ever thought that such a chiseled seemingly perfect guy like Len could have been a drug user. His sudden, untimely death haunts Terrapin Nation to this day.

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