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Berwanger won first Heisman, was first NFL pick

Jay Berwanger, who won the first Heisman Trophy and became the first player ever drafted by the NFL, died of lung cancer after a long illness. He was 88.

Updated: July 11, 2002, 5:00 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Jay Berwanger, who won the first Heisman Trophy and became the first player ever drafted by the NFL, died of lung cancer after a long illness. He was 88.

Berwanger died June 26 at his home in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, University of Chicago spokesman Seth Sanders said Thursday.

Berwanger was a halfback for the University of Chicago Maroons when the team was a powerhouse in the Big Ten -- and before the school's president abolished varsity football in 1939.

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