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Reggie Roby has passed away at age 43 of a massive heart attack.


One of the all-time great Hawkeyes.. My dad tells me that it was amazing every time he punted the ball. He said people showed up early to the game just to watch him warm up.


The best punter in the history of college football and one of the NFL greats.



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From Sun-Sentinel:

Former Dolphins punter Roby dies at 43


Former longtime Dolphins punter Reggie Roby died this morning of unknown causes. He was 43.


According to a release issued by Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., Roby was found by his wife, Melissa, in their Nashville home unconscious and without a pulse. After CPR measures were administered at his home, in the ambulance and in the emergency room, he was pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m.


Roby, a two-time All-Pro, played in the NFL for 16 years, including 10 with the Dolphins (1983-92). He also played for the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 2002.


Roby still holds many Dolphins records. He is tied with Matt Turk for the longest punt in franchise history, booting a 77-yarder on Nov. 29, 1987, in Buffalo. He also has the highest punting average (58.5) in a game, set on Sept. 28, 1986 against San Francisco. He is second in most punts (555) and yards (24,035) behind Admin Seiple, who played for the Dolphins from 1967-77. He also is second in highest punting average (43.3) on the team's career list behind John Kidd (44.2), and second in highest punting average (45.7) in a season (1991) behind Kidd's 46.3 in 1996.


Roby was the father of six children.



From hawkcentral.com:

Former Hawk Reggie Roby dies


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Reggie Roby, the greatest punter in Iowa Hawkeye football history, has died at the age of 43.


Roby, a 16-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowler, died Tuesday morning after being found unconscious at home by his wife.


Melissa Roby found her husband with no pulse Tuesday morning at their home. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at home and in the ambulance, but he was pronounced dead in the emergency room at St. Thomas Hospital at 8:35 a.m. CST, according to a statement released by the family.


The cause of death is unknown, the statement said.


A University of Iowa graduate, Roby was a sixth-round pick in 1983 by the Miami Dolphins where he played between 1983 and 1992. He also played for the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston/Tennessee Oilers and San Francisco 49ers where he wrapped up his career with a final season in 1999.


He led the AFC in 1991 with an average punt of 45.7 yards, and he still holds the Pro Bowl record with 10 punts in the 1985 game.


Roby, who had six children, had been the marketing and development director for Backfield in Motion, a nonprofit group mixing athletics and academics to help boys in the inner city.


"Reggie was just a kid at heart," said Michael Brown, Backfield in Motion's chief executive officer. "Reggie was the ultimate package as far as I was concerned. In this type of work that we are in, there is no question that it was his calling."


Roby was a star football and baseball player at Waterloo East High School, and even played baseball for the Hawkeyes his freshman season. He led the nation in punting during his senior season with an amazing 48.1 yard-per-punt average.


Roby was known for being a bulky punter, with a six-foot, three-inch frame and weighing 250 pounds during his pro career. He also had a quirk of wearing a wristwatch during games. He also launched Reggie Roby's All-Pro Cookies.

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