Will "Spunky" Wynn Jr. was remembered as fun-loving and a devoted family man, but with a serious side when it came to athletics.
Wynn, a multi-sport star at Huntington High and a former NFL defensive end, passed away Tuesday in Philadelphia following a heart attack. He was 64.
"A great all-around guy," said Wynn's brother, Anthony Brown, who lives in Virginia Beach. "Just an outstanding person."
Wynn was born in Apex, N.C., and the family moved to Newport News when he was a youngster.
Wynn played football, basketball and ran track at Huntington in the late 1960s under legendary coach Thad Madden. He went to Tennessee State, where he was teammates with future NFL great Ed "Too Tall" Jones.
Joe Buggs, an assistant coach at Huntington at the time, said Wynn showed NFL potential early in his prep career.
"That was evident from day one," Buggs said. "You could tell, if he put his mind to it and worked at it, he could be a pro."
Wynn, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round in 1973. He played four years for the Eagles, from 1973-76, and one year for the Washington Redskins. He played for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 1978 before retiring with knee issues.
Wynn possessed remarkable athletic ability, even among NFL players. He returned a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown against Green Bay on Dec. 1, 1974. He had two fumble returns for touchdowns in his career and started 27 of his 54 games with the Eagles.
"He was one of the fastest defensive linemen I have ever seen, and he played the game hard," former Eagles' teammate Harold Carmichael told the Philadelphia Daily News. Now the team's Director of Player Programs, Carmichael said, "He was just a great guy. He loved living in Philadelphia and being part of the community. The fans loved him and he loved them. It's a big loss."
Wynn lived in the West Oak Lane area of Philly for the past 20 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Tina Petty; daughters Loreal and Tara; sons Omar, Michael and Lamont; brothers Anthony, Witt and J.P. Brown; and sister Deborah Santiago.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church on 2914 W. Diamond Street in Philly, according to the Daily News. Family will receive visitors at 9 a.m.Copyright © 2015, CT Now