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Missouri hall of famer Francis Peay dies

By Steven Benna
September 21, 2013 | 3:34 p.m. CDT

Francis Peay, a Missouri hall of fame inductee and All-American offensive tackle, died Saturday morning. He was 69.

Peay was inducted into Missouri's hall of fame in 1991. He was also a member of Missouri's all-century football team.

After earning All-American honors in his senior season at Missouri, Peay was drafted by the New York Giants with the 10th overall pick in the 1966 NFL Draft. He had a nine-year professional career with the Giants, the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Following his professional football career, Peay returned to the college game. He became head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats in 1986, where he coached for six seasons. He is one of only four black head coaches in the history of Big 10 Conference football.

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