Robin Williams: A Sports Tribute

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Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams died Monday as a result of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. While his publicist didn’t confirm the reports of his death being a suicide, she did state that he had recently been “battling severe depression.”

Williams was a comedic force, making his mark as a stand-up comedian and becoming well known for his quirky sense of humor and his seemingly endless energy. He also went on to put together a notable film career as both a comedic and dramatic actor after playing Mork from Ork in Happy Days and its spinoff, Mork & Mindy.

Williams appeared in numerous famous movies, including Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, AladdinMrs. Doubtfire, JumanjiGood Will HuntingFlubberPatch Adams, Night at the Museum, and Happy Feet, among others. Throughout his illustrious career, he has received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting, to go along with five Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Throughout it all, Williams has always been an avid sports fan. He especially loved the San Franciso Giants and San Francisco 49ers, even holding season tickets to Giants games.

Prior to Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, Williams did his best to pump up the AT&T Park crowd as his beloved Giants prepared to take on the Atlanta Braves.

He also was able to mix sports in with his acting career, with the most notable example being the film Best of Times. In the movie, Williams plays a banker who tries to recreate a high school football game that haunts him, as it ended in a scoreless tie after his character dropped an easy pass in the final seconds.

In addition, he also dressed as a Denver Broncos cheerleader in an episode of Mork & Mindy, and his speech in Good Will Hunting about missing Carlton Fisk’s walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series is one of the movie’s finest moments.

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Williams frequently incorporated sports into his stand-up comedy, as well, resulting in some of his best bits.

(WARNING: The following content contains strong language, but watch anyway if you need a good laugh.)

On baseball

On Dock Ellis throwing a no-hitter on LSD

On soccer

On the Olympics

And of course, perhaps the greatest bit of his stand-up career, the invention of golf:

The death of Robin Williams is both shocking and tragic, and an unfortunate reminder on the effects of depression, regardless of who you are. If you or someone you know is battling depression, get help, it could be the difference between life and tragic death:

Depression Crisis Hotline: 888-771-5166

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. You made countless people laugh and feel better about themselves, even if you weren’t feeling that way about yourself. You will be missed immensely.

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