Reports: Ben Fricke dies

Former Dallas Cowboys center Ben Fricke has died after a brief battle with colon cancer, according to multiple media reports. He was 35.

Fricke played for the Cowboys from 1999 to 2001, starting five games at center in 2000. He had been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, the past three seasons.

Mark Howard, the athletic coordinator and football coach at the school, said Fricke died Monday at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas, according to multiple reports.

Fricke, an Austin, Texas, native, played collegiate football at Houston and was an All-American in 1997. He was drafted by the New York Giants in 1998 and played in NFL Europe in 1999 before catching on with the Cowboys.

Fricke's death was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston.