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Hal Patterson dead at 79

Updated: November 22, 2011, 9:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Hal Patterson, a three-sport star at Kansas who spurned the Philadelphia Eagles to play in the Canadian Football League, has died. He was 79.

The University of Kansas announced his death in a statement Tuesday. No cause was given.

Patterson played football, baseball and basketball for the Jayhawks, and averaged 10.3 points while helping the 1952-53 team coached by Phog Allen reach the NCAA tournament title game.

He was drafted by the Eagles in 1954, but opted ...

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