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Former South Carolina Football Captain Pete DiVenere Has Died

DiVenere passed away on Saturday at the age of 74.

Former South Carolina co-captain Pete DiVenere passed away on Saturday. He was 74 years old.

DiVenere played for the Gamecocks from 1962-1964, rushing for a career best 265 yards on 71 carries in 1962.

Per DiVenere's obituary:

Born January 29, 1943, he longed to be the masked cowboy making sure justice was served. He was a man among boys on the playground. He led the New Canaan Rams to a state title in 1960. He carried his team and the opposing team down the field 15 yards at a time until they scored. That earned him a scholarship to attend the University of South Carolina with the greatest mascot in college football. He fought to the death in everything he believed in. He stood up for his teammates his friends and most of all his family. He fought for his country the bald eagle was his icon. He swept his freckled faced redheaded playground sweetheart, Ane, off of her feet. She cheered him on for 51 years. The love and trust they built helped make this world a better place.

A memorial service for DiVenere will be held this Friday at 11 a.m. E.T. at All Saints Church in Georgetown.