Hall of Famer McAfee dies at 90

Updated: March 5, 2009, 4:26 PM ET
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- George McAfee, a college and pro football Hall of Famer who was a star for the NFL's Chicago Bears and at Duke, has died. He was 90.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Durham, where McAfee attended church, confirmed Thursday that McAfee died Wednesday night.

In eight seasons with Chicago, McAfee gained more than 5,000 all-purpose yards and had 21 interceptions. His 35-yard interception return for a touchdown helped Chicago to a 73-0 victory over the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL championship.

McAfee helped the Blue Devils to a 24-4-1 record and two Southern Conference titles between 1937 and 1939.

McAfee led Duke in rushing, receiving, scoring, kickoff returns, punt returns, interceptions and punting during his senior season. He earned first-team All-America honors and Duke went 8-1.


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