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Iowa All-American quarterback Randy Duncan died Tuesday in Des Moines, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 79.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

A native of Osage, Iowa, Duncan earned consensus All-America honors at Iowa while leading the Hawkeyes to the 1959 Rose Bowl.

Duncan was the first team All-Big Ten quarterback as both a junior and senior, leading Iowa to a 15-2-2 record in his two years as the starting quarterback. He led the Big Ten in passing in 1958 and concluded his Hawkeye career by leading the Hawkeyes to a 38-12 win over California in the 1959 Rose Bowl Game.

Duncan earned the Walter Camp Trophy and was named college Player of the Year by three organizations.  He was named Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference and later was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  He is a member of the UI Varsity Club Hall of Fame and one of nine former Hawkeyes to be recognized on the Kinnick Stadium Ring of Honor.

Duncan was the first player selected in the 1959 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.  He chose to play in the Canadian Football League.  He retired from professional football in 1961, returning to school to earn his law degree from Drake University.  He practiced law in Des Moines throughout his career.

Duncan is survived by his wife, Paula, and sons Scott and Jed.  He was preceded in death by his son, Matt.

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