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James Hunter dies at age 56

Updated: August 2, 2010, 2:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Former Detroit Lions cornerback James Hunter has died.

The team says he died Monday from an apparent heart attack at age 56.

Hunter played for coach Eddie Robinson at Grambling State and was from Silsbee, Texas.

Detroit drafted Hunter with the 10th pick overall in 1976. He had a career-high seven interceptions in his debut season and was NFL Rookie of the Year runner-up behind future Hall of Famer Mike Haynes.

Hunter led the Lions in interceptions in ...

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