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The Eternal Star

In the late 1970's, William "Jeff" Komlo was the top quarterback at the University of Delaware. He led his team to the national championship in 1979. His many victories and boyish good looks - piercing blue eyes and a mane of blond curls - won him popularity with the ladies and many devoted fans. In the early 1980's Komlo was still living the dream of a professional football player, first with the Detroit Lions, and later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His bright star then began to fade, and Komlo finally retired in 1983.

Komlo managed to stay famous, but within different circles. Once he left the NFL and was no longer in the spotlight, his life took a nosedive. He began to frequently appear in court.

In 2001, Komlo was convicted of DUI and Reckless Endangering of another person, after he cut off his girlfriend and caused her car to swerve off the road. Police frequently responded to domestic disturbance calls from Komlo's Pennsylvania home. That home mysteriously burned to the ground in June 2005. There was a similar fire that burned down his home in West Palm Beach the previous year. His name has been mentioned in an indictment against his former college roommate and teammate who allegedly stole $1.4 million from a South African company, and some of the money was transferred to Komlo's bank account.

On May 10th, 2005 Komlo missed his hearing to face assault charges following an earlier confrontation with his girlfriend. In July, Komlo failed to appear for sentencing after two drunken driving convictions. Komlo also missed an August court date in Florida where he faced cocaine charges. The former NFL star player, who was clearly facing some jail time, was long gone. He decided to skip town earlier in May, failing to comply with a court order to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Komlo didn't mince words when speaking about his fugitive status; in his opinion, it was "ridiculous" that he was on America's Most Wanted alongside rapists and murderers, and refused to turn himself in. Authorities believed he has fled the U.S. for Greece, where he may have established a home and business. On March 14, 2009, Komlo himself put an end to the chase, suddenly dying in a car crash in Greece. It's unclear what caused the accident, and whether or not Komlo was at fault.

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