One of the best two-sport stars in the history of major college sports passed away earlier this week.
Kansas announced that former college football/college basketball standout Gil Reich has died at the age of 87.
Reich, a Pennsylvania native, passed away on April 22 in Barrington, Illinois.
The former Jayhawks star was an All-American football player and a starter for KU's men's basketball team.
Reich went on to be taken in the second round of the NFL Draft and was the No. 32 pick in the NBA Draft.
He excelled at cornerback, quarterback and punt returner for head coach J.V. Sikes, leading the Jayhawks to a 7-3 record in 1952. Reich earned All-American honors from multiple media outlets, including Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America. Additionally, he was an All-Big Seven First Team selection as a defensive back. Reich accounted for 428 yards in total offense that season, splitting quarterback duties with Jerry Robertson, and threw five touchdowns passes. He averaged 17.2 yards on 19 punt returns, and also served as the Jayhawks' punter and kicked extra points.
Under head coach Phog Allen, the 6-foot Reich was a starter on the 1952-53 NCAA runner-up team that posted a 19-6 record, won the Big Seven regular season title and ended the year ranked No. 3 by the Associated Press. Reich averaged 8.0 points his lone season at KU.
Rest in peace, Gil.