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From Indianapolis, Indiana, USA:

As you know, November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and we found a local student who was willing to write a very upbeat piece about how having diabetes has not prevented her from participating in sports. Then I had this idea: it would be nice to list some names of professional athletes who have diabetes. I was told that one of the Indianapolis Colts [American football team] is a diabetic. I'm sure there are others, but I don't know where to get the information. Any leads you could send my way would be very much appreciated.


Here are some American sports figures with diabetes:

  • Chris Dudley, basketball, active
  • Catfish Hunter, pitcher, baseball, retired
  • Jonathan Hayes, American Football, Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers, active
  • Jay Leeuwenburg, American Football, Indianapolis Costs, active
  • Bill Gullickson, pitcher
  • Bobby Clark, hockey, retired
  • Bill Talbott, tennis, retired

Most of these athletes have had stories about them in Diabetes Forecast (call the American Diabetes Association at 800-ADA-DISC for more information).

Also, check with The International Diabetic Athletes Association. Their address is:

1647-B West Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(800) 898-IDAA
(602) 433-2113
(602) 433-9331 Fax
Paula Harper, President


Original posting 25 Oct 96


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