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A Former College Football Star Has Died At 55

A general view of Georgia Tech's football field.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 28: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia Bulldogs on November 28, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

A former high school and college football standout passed away this week. He was only 55.

Tyrone Sorrells, a standout at Georgia Tech, died on Thursday morning following a lengthy bout with an illness.

The tight end was one of the best players in Georgia high school history.

From the AJC:

Tyrone Sorrells, a former Georgia Tech and Georgia football player and one of the best athletes in Buford High School history, died Thursday morning after a long illness. He was 55.

Sorrells was a Parade All-America tight end at Buford in 1981. He also led Gwinnett County in scoring and rebounding as a basketball player and was the Class A runner-up in the 220- and 440-yard dashes in track and field.

Sorrells was a seventh round pick in the 1987 NFL Draft, though he never played in an NFL game.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace.