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Former Kentucky, pro quarterback dies at 69

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 09:35 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rick Norton, who played quarterback in the 1960s for the University of Kentucky and Miami Dolphins, died Thursday in Louisville. He was 69.

John Norton said his brother had battled heart disease and suffered a heart attack earlier this month.

He played three seasons at Kentucky and was team co-captain as a senior. He was drafted to the pros in 1966 and played four seasons in Miami. He retired after playing one game for the Green Bay Packers in 1970.

John Norton told The Courier-Journal his brother went into public service after football, working for the state parks system and also led the Kentucky State Racing Commission under former Gov. Martha Layne Collins.

Norton says a funeral will be held next weekend at St. Stephen Martyr Church in Louisville.

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