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Former Lion James Hunter dead at age 56


LLEN PARK -- The Lions have announced that James Hunter, one of the more popular Lions on and off the field, died of an apparent heart attack today (Monday). He was 56.

Hunter was the Lions’ first-round pick and 10th overall selection in 1976 after an outstanding collegiate career at Grambling State playing for coach Eddie Robinson. He played in 86 Lions games before a neck injury in 1982 ended his career.

“He was a great athlete and a great guy,’’ said Lem Barney in a statement issued by the Lions. Barney helped mentor Hunter when he came to the Lions. “I thought I had a lot of energy until I met James. He was always upbeat; always had an encouraging word. He will be sorely missed.”

Since 1985 Hunter served in several executive capacities with Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


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