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Bill Fralic, former NFL great, dead at 56

December 14, 2018 6:16 PM
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Bill Fralic, former NFL great, dead at 56

Former NFL great Bill Fralic, one of the first players to speak openly about the pervasiveness of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, died Thursday from cancer, the University of Pittsburgh announced. He was 56.

Fralic, an offensive lineman, played nine seasons in the NFL, from 1985 to 1993, including eight with the Atlanta Falcons. He spent one other season with the Detroit Lions. The Falcons selected Fralic with the second overall pick in the 1985 draft. He started in 131 of the 132 games he played in.

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