Some very bad news today as Carlos E. Medina and Austin L. Miller of the Ocala Star-Banner are reporting that Ed Tomlin, the father of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, died suddenly Monday at the age of 63. Mr. Tomlin suffered an apparent heart attack after he returned home from a day of fishing, according to the report. He reportedly was a longtime civil rights activist and the former president of the Marion County NAACP.
Mr. Tomlin was originally drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1968 according to the report and played eight games with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League after attending Hampton Institute, now Hampton University. He is survived by five sisters, a brother and two sons.
Our condolences go out to the entire Tomlin family.
ETA: Here is a back story on Tomlin & his birth father Ed Tomlin from 2007