Bill Brundige, one of the greatest players in Colorado football history, died on Saturday, at the age of 70, after a long fight with cancer.

Brundige, who passed away at his home in Knoxville, Tenn., played defensive line at CU from 1967-69 and was inducted into the CU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

A graduate of Haxtun High School, Brundige ranks 10th in CU history in career quarterback sacks, with 19. He still holds CU records for tackles for loss in a season (24 in 1969) and sacks in one game (five, vs. Alabama in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 13, 1969).

In 1969, he was named first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and second team by the Associated Press. He was also named the Big Eight Conference defensive player of the year. That season, he had 24 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

Following his career at CU, Brundige was selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the NFL draft (43rd overall). He played his entire eight-year career with the Redskins, playing 107 games, with 74 starts. He started every game during his rookie season and then helped the Redskins reach Super Bowl VII in 1972.

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