Gail Cogdill of Detroit Lions, NFL’s top rookie in ‘60, dies

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Gail Cogdill, a star re­ceiver for the Detroit Lions and the NFL rookie of the year in 1960, has died. He was 79.

A state­ment from his fam­ily says Cogdill died Thurs­day in Spokane, Wash­ing­ton. He had or­gan fail­ure and de­men­tia.

Cogdill was named the NFL’s top rookie in 1960 af­ter catch­ing 43 passes for 642 yards and a touch­down. He played 11 sea­sons, in­clud­ing nine with Detroit.

He held the team record for ca­reer re­ceiv­ing yards — 5,221 — un­til Herman Moore passed him in the 1990s.

Cogdill played col­lege foot­ball at Wash­ing­ton State. His fam­ily says his brain and brain stem are be­ing do­nated to re­searchers at Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity who study brain trauma.

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