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NFL Great, North Carolina Native Jethro Pugh Dies

     Jethro Pugh, an original member of the famous Dallas Cowboys Doomsday Defense and player on two Super Bowl championship teams, died last week at the age of 70 due to natural causes, according to media reports.

     Pugh played in four Super Bowl and helped the Cowboys win titles in 1972 and ’78, and he was also on the 1967 Dallas team that played the Packers in the famed “Ice Bowl” in Green Bay for the NFL championship in 1967. He played for the Cowboys from 1963 to ‘78

     Pugh was a native of Windsor and attended Bertie High School before going on to an outstanding career at Elizabeth City State University. He was drafted in the 11th round of the NFL draft in 1965.

     The NFL standout was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and is also a member of the CIAA Hall of Fame, the Elizabeth City State Hall of Fame, and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

     He had a successful career in business after retiring from the NFL.