Bobby Nix, former Razorback, dies at 59

Updated: October 22, 2003, 9:00 AM ET

BENTON, Ark. -- Bobby Nix, a former University of Arkansas team captain who played as a punter and fullback, has died. He was 59.

Nix, of Benton, died Monday.

Nix was a Razorback captain in 1965 and still holds the school record for most yards punting in a game -- 506 yards on 11 punts in a 1965 game with Southern Methodist.

He averaged 36.5 yards a punt for the national championship team in 1964 and 40.7 yards a punt in 1965.

Former teammate Bill Gray said Nix also made his mark as a blocking fullback.

"He spent his life as a Razorback kicking out the defensive end or linebacker. I'm sure he took a lot of elbows in the head," Gray said.

"Bobby always had a smile. He was the kind of person everybody liked to be around," Gray said.

In a prepared statement, Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles said he'd attended a function with Nix just two weeks ago.

"I was shocked and saddened by the news of Bobby's passing," Broyles said. "He was a great player for us as both a punter and as a regular starter on our offense."

"Since his playing days, he has been a model citizen and a loyal Razorback. He was a great friend to me personally and to the Razorback program. My condolences go out to his family in this difficult time."

Nix is survived by his wife, Barbara Nix of Benton, three children, five grandchildren and his parents.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Benton, and burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

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