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Former Iowa, NFL Player Passes Away

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A former Iowa Hawkeyes college football player passed away this week.

Former Hawkeye, Dick Woodard, has died at the age of 93. The former offensive lineman played for Iowa when the team was in the Big Nine - earning All-Big Nine honors.

He went on to play in the All-America Football Conference for the Los Angeles Dons before making his way to the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was the great-nephew of Woodard, confirmed his passing with a statement on Twitter.

"This morning my Uncle Dick Woodard went to be with the Lord at 93 years old. He played for the Redskins & Giants and was one of the oldest living NFL players. Played a big role in my love for the game from a very young age. We will miss you Uncle Dick!" Cousins said on the post.

The New York Giants selected Woodard in the 21st round of the 1948 NFL draft.

He played for the Giants for two season before playing for the Washington Redskins for one season. The former Hawkeyes star then finished his four-year NFL career with the team he started it with - New York.