Former Bronco Bob McNamara Dies At 82

July 21, 2014 6:49 PM

Former Bronco Bob McNamara Dies At 82
" MINNEAPOLIS (AP/CBS4) — Bob McNamara, an All-American football player for Minnesota in the 1950s and later for the Denver Broncos has died. He was 82.

McNamara died after a long illness on Sunday night, the school announced on Monday.

“Anyone who knew Bob knew that there was no greater supporter of the university,” former athletic director Joel Maturi said. “He took great pride coming from Hastings, Minnesota, and playing for the Gophers and then took even greater pride in following and supporting the Gophers. Nobody was better at fundraising or cared more about Minnesota than Bob. He will be deeply missed.”

McNamara played for the Gophers from 1951-54. He was an All-American running back and the team MVP in 1954, going on to play professionally for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Canada and the Broncos in the AFL.

After his playing career was over, McNamara was one of the school’s leading fundraisers. He played a big role in raising money for the new outdoor football stadium, which opened in 2009 "

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