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Former Oregon Football Star Tom Graham Passes Away

The former star linebacker had brain cancer.

Oregon's football program announced today that one of the best defenders in program history has passed away.

Tom Graham, a standout linebacker for the Ducks who went on to have a successful career in the NFL, died of brain cancer.

He was 67.

An honorable-mention All-America and first-team all-conference selection, Graham lettered for the Ducks from 1969 to 1971, sharing the Autzen Stadium field with the likes of fellow UO legends Dan Fouts, Bob Newland and Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore). Graham's 433 career tackles and 206 in a single season (1969) both rank first all-time in the Oregon record book.

Graham, a 2001 inductee into the Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame, was a fourth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 1972 NFL Draft. He played for the Broncos from 1972 until a trade to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974. All told, he spent seven seasons in the NFL, including stops in San Diego (1975-77) and Buffalo (1978).

A public memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. MT on June 9 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Rest in peace.