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Former KU, NFL Player Keith Loneker Dead at 46

Loneker, who turned 46 on Wednesday, was a substitute teacher at Free State High School in Lawrence. (Photo: KUSports.com)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Keith Loneker, the former Kansas University offensive lineman who spent three years in the NFL before pursuing an acting career, died yesterday (THUR). He was 46. His son, current Kansas linebacker Keith Loneker Junior said his father been diagnosed with cancer late last year. The Roselle Park, New Jersey, native played offensive tackle during his years at KU. He helped lead the Jayhawks to a victory in the 1992 Aloha Bowl on his way to picking up All-Big Eight First Team honors during his senior year. Loneker spent three seasons in the NFL playing for the Rams in both St. Louis and Los Angeles. Later he was featured in several Hollywood films, including Superbad, Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson, and Leatherheads with George Clooney. Loneker, who turned 46 on Wednesday was a substitute teacher at Free State High School in Lawrence.

 

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