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Chuck Fairbanks dies of cancer at 79

Updated: April 3, 2013, 3:11 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Former New England Patriots coach Chuck Fairbanks died of brain cancer on Tuesday, according to the team. He was 79.

Fairbanks coached the Patriots from 1973-78, leading the franchise to some of its greatest success by the end of his tenure, including two playoff berths. The Patriots were 3-11 prior to his arrival and went 11-3, 9-5 and 11-5 over his final three seasons.

Fairbanks' Patriots legacy has been widely discussed, in part because of how his time with the franchise ...

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