Former Packers DB Mike C. McCoy dies

Richard Ryman
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Former Green Bay Packers defensive back Mike C. McCoy has died, the team said Monday.

McCoy, 62, attended the University of Colorado and was selected by the Packers in the third round (72nd overall) of the 1976 NFL draft. A native of West Memphis, Ark., McCoy played in 110 games from 1976-83, starting 97. He had 13 interceptions and five fumble recoveries, and played on the Packers' 1982 playoff team during the strike-shortened season. He also returned kicks.

Diagnosed with dementia, McCoy was profiled in a story by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2011, as the NFL and players began to come to grips with the problems of repeated concussions and head injuries.

McCoy also was a subject of a September 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story in which he said the proudest moment in his life was saving a drowning man at Shawano Lake just weeks before training camp in 1980.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 7 at Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery in Thornton, Colo.

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