Former University of Minnesota quarterback Bobby Cox dies

Updated: October 5, 2003, 7:48 PM ET

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- Bobby Cox, a former star for the University of Minnesota who Sports Illustrated once declared the best college quarterback in the country, died of pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Cox died at his home on Friday, after falling into a coma on Sept. 25.

Cox began his college football career at the University of Washington before transferring to Minnesota. He led the Golden Gophers to a 6-1-2 record and a No. 12 ranking in the final AP poll in 1956. Cox was pictured on the Nov. 4, 1957 cover of Sports Illustrated next to a caption that said "Bobby Cox of Minnesota: Best College Quarterback."

"I never had anybody who wanted to win more than he did," former Gophers coach Murray Warmath said Saturday. "He was willing to pay the price to be successful."

He was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1957 NFL draft, but didn't make the team's final roster. He played in the Canadian Football League and played briefly with the Boston Patriots in 1960, before beginning a successful career in business.

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