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Shanklin was Pro Bowl receiver for Steelers

Updated: April 19, 2003, 2:29 AM ET
Associated Press

DeSOTO, Texas -- Ron Shanklin, a former Pro Bowl receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, died after battling colon cancer for the past 2½ years.

Shanklin died Thursday morning at his home in DeSoto, a south Dallas suburb, his wife, Linda, told The Associated Press. He was 55.

The second player ever drafted by Pittsburgh coach Chuck Noll, right after Terry Bradshaw, Shanklin led the Steelers in receptions each of his first three seasons (1971-73). In 1974, he split time with future ...

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