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Former Nebraska Quarterback Has Passed Away

A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

A former Nebraska quarterback has passed away. He was 76.

Dennis Claridge, a quarterback for the Huskers in the early 1960s, led the program to its first-ever bowl win. He was a third-round pick in the NFL Draft.

He died after a multi-year battle with bladder cancer.

The Omaha World-Herald has the details:

The first starting quarterback — and starting punter — for Bob Devaney, Claridge died this week after a three-year battle with bladder cancer, according to a Nebraska spokesman. Claridge had been a long-time orthodontist in Lincoln after his playing career at NU and three seasons in the NFL. He was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1976 and was, until Jerry Tagge came along in the early ‘70s, the best quarterback in Husker history.

He’s also the one who helped kick-start the Devaney era. Claridge was NU’s quarterback in 1961 — the last year of Bill Jennings — 1962 and 1963. He quarterbacked Nebraska to its first two bowl wins — the Gotham and the Orange. When the Huskers in 2009 honored the 300th straight sellout, Claridge was one of the four players from the 1962 team invited to Nebraska’s practice to see the throwback jerseys.

Claridge played in the NFL for three seasons. He was a part of Green Bay's 1965 NFL championship team.

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