Wayne Mass, a former All-American offensive tackle for the Clemson football program, has passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 73.
It has been a rough stretch for former Clemson players of late. Former Tigers running back Tyshon Dye died in a swimming accident on July 4, while Dr. Randy Smith, a starter for the Tigers in the 1960s, passed away two days later after a prolonged cancer fight.
Mass and Smith were teammates on the offensive line in 1965, the first of three straight ACC Championships won by Mass and the Tigers. Clemson was 17-13 overall, but an impressive 17-3 during that stretch.
In 1966, Wayne Mass was named an All-American by multiple publications.
Dell Sports gave him first-team honors, while United Press International named him to the second team. He was also an All-ACC player in both 1966 and 1967.
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Mass went on to be drafted in the fourth round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, and played three seasons with the franchise.
Over the next two seasons, he played for the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles, before retiring in 1972.
In 1993, the Tigers inducted Mass to the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mass went on to work in real estate, and eventually retired to Colorado, where he died on Thursday.