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Ex-Falcon Ray Easterling dies at 62

Updated: April 20, 2012, 8:48 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, who helped lead the team's vaunted defense in the 1970s and later filed a high-profile lawsuit against the NFL targeting the league's handling of concussion-related injuries, has died. He was 62.

Easterling played for the Falcons from 1972 to 1979, helping lead the team's "Gritz Blitz" defense in 1977 that set the NFL record for fewest points allowed in a season. After his football career, he went on to start a successful financial ...

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