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Mel Farr dies at 70; former UCLA running back played for Detroit Lions

Mel Farr dies at 70; former UCLA running back played for Detroit Lions

Mel Farr, the former UCLA running back who rushed for more than 3,000 yards in seven pro seasons with the Detroit Lions, has died at the age of 70. Farr finished seventh in the voting for the 1966 Heisman Trophy when he played for UCLA and then was drafted in the first round the next year. He was the offensive rookie of the year in his first season and spent his entire NFL career with Detroit, retiring in 1973. "As both a player and a businessman, Mel was blessed with many talents and a personality to match." Lions President Tom Lewand said in a statement Tuesday. "Mel truly lived a life of distinction and will be missed." In 1970, Farr rushed for 717 yards, helping...

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