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Terry Barr Obituary

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Terry Barr, a former Lions defensive back, receiver and rookie on Detroit's last championship team in 1957, has died. He was 73.

Barr died Thursday at his Bloomfield Hills home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, said team spokesman Tim Pendell.

Barr was a standout football and track athlete at Grand Rapids Central High School and a Michigan state champion in the 440-yard run in 1952 and 1953. He attended the University of Michigan, where he played defensive back and running back.

He was a third-round draft pick in 1957 and played defensive back for the Lions, returning an interception for a touchdown in the team's 59-14 NFL title game over the Cleveland Browns.

Barr later switched to receiver and made two Pro Bowl appearances, in 1963 and 1964. He played nine seasons with the Lions and ranks 12th among Lions receivers, with 227 catches, 3,810 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Barr retired after the 1965 season and went into business.

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