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A Former NFL, College Football Head Coach Has Passed Away

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

A longtime college football and NFL coach passed on Tuesday morning. According to Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle, former New England Patriots head coach Rod Rust passed away on Tuesday.

He was 90-years-old. Rust was a longtime assistant coach within the NFL.

The former Patriots head coach spent time with four different college football programs, seven NFL teams, and two Canadian Football League teams. His longest-tenured position as a head coach came when he coached North Texas State (now the University of North Texas) from 1967-1972.

During his tenure at the university, he coached Mean Joe Greene before eventually graduating to the NFL ranks.

Iowa State, where Rust played center and linebacker in college, paid tribute to its former player.

Bill Mercer, UNT Hall of Fame broadcaster, confirmed Rust's passing.

"He was a tremendously honest man. That is one of the things I remember about him. He was also a fine writer, very intelligent and literary kind of guy. Whenever the team went on the road Rod would take his players out to see all the historical things in the community."

Our thoughts are with the Rust family.

[Denton Record-Chronicle]