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Cary Blanchard (1968 - 2016)

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Cary Blanchard (1968 - 2016)

Cary Blanchard, a former NFL All-Pro kicker for the Indianapolis Colts, died Sept. 6, 2016, according to his wife. He was 47.

Mindi Blanchard told the news media she believed that her husband died of a heart attack. Autopsy results were not yet available.

Born Nov. 5, 1968, Blanchard was a standout at Oklahoma State, ranking in the school's all-time top five in scoring, field goals made, and other achievements.

Though he left college undrafted, Blanchard signed with the New York Jets in 1992. He would go on to play for the Colts, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals before his retirement in 2000.


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Blanchard was an Associated Press All-Pro in 1996, and in 1997, he was a Pro Bowl selection. He won Pro Football Weekly's Golden Toe Award in 1996.

Jim Irsay, the owner of the Colts, tweeted a tribute to Blanchard: "Rest in peace, Cary Blanchard. Won some big games for us in mid-'90s. Pro Bowl in '96. Colts thoughts and prayers to his family."

Blanchard is survived by his wife as well as their children, Blake, Bayli, and Braeden.

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