MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bob McNamara, an All-American football player for Minnesota in the 1950s and later a major fundraiser for the university, has died. He was 82.

The university announced McNamara’s death on Monday. The school says McNamara died after a long illness on Sunday night.

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McNamara played for the Gophers from 1951-54. He was an All-American halfback and the team MVP in 1954. He played professionally for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Canada and the Denver Broncos in the AFL.

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After his playing career was over, McNamara was one of the school’s leading fundraisers. He played a big role in raising money for the new outdoor football stadium.

McNamara is survived by his wife, Annette, and three children.

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