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Hawkeye great Randy Duncan dies at 79

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Former Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback and successful Des Moines lawyer Randy Duncan has died at the age of 79.

Iowa Hawkeyes Athletics report that Duncan died Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer.

Duncan played in two Rose Bowls as a member of the Hawkeyes before being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He was also selected first overall in the 1959 National Football League draft by the Green Bay Packers.  

The Roosevelt High School graduate was a leader on a strong Iowa squad during the 1958 season, which ended with a Rose Bowl win over California on New Year's Day 1959 and a final ranking of No. 2 in the final Coaches' Poll. Duncan was named the season's Big 10 Most Valuable Player and was voted a consensus first team All-American, finishing second to Army's Pete Dawkins in Heisman Trophy voting.

Duncan ultimately left football to forge a successful career in law in the Des Moines area. He also remained involved in Iowa athletics as a philanthropist for the remainder of his life. 

Funeral arrangements for Duncan are pending.

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