Hall of Famer Darryl Hammond dies at 50
Arena Football fans are mourning the loss of Darryl Hammond today. Hammond, who played for the Nashville Kats, died Sunday after suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 50.
Hammond, an All-ACC defensive back who played at Virginia (1984-87), was a fan favorite during his time with the Kats because of his versatility and outgoing personality.
He spent a total of seven seasons with the Kats and was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2013.
Hammond played on the last Ferrum football team when the Panthers were still a junior college, and he was an honorable-mention All-ACC defensive back for Virginia in 1987.
More impressive in many respects was his 16-year career in the Arena Football League. As a combination wide receiver and defensive back, he was chosen the No. 19 indoor player of all time when the AFL held its 25th anniversary.