"Mr. Irsay's got a big heart," Milyn said.
There were Social Security checks and disability from the players' association to help them through rough times. But Milyn said the union has asked her to return the disability check she received for June. That's a loss of about $11,000. And it will leave her close to desperation because she still supports two children and a grandchild.
Finances had begun to get tight recently for Woods. Perhaps that was the despair in his voice two weeks ago when he spoke with Powers by phone.
"Our conversations have always been positive, good talks," Powers said. "This was different. I felt like he was a little depressed. I felt like he was ready to give it up. I said: 'No, Mike, you fought this for all these years. You provided for your family.' "
On Thursday evening, Milyn and Mike watched the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff game on television. Both dozed off. Then a storm knocked out the electricity, awakening Milyn. She was unable to wake Mike. That quickly, he was gone.
Even though she mourns, she offered this on her husband's death: "He wanted everyone to have a celebration instead of crying."
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the EF Boyd & Son Funeral Homes & Crematory in Cleveland.
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