ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Terry Barr, who was a rookie on the Detroit Lions' last NFL championship team in 1957, died Thursday after an extended illness, the team said. He was 73.
Barr was a standout football and track athlete at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Central High School and a star running back and defensive back at the University of Michigan. He was a third-round draft pick in 1957 and played defensive back for the Lions, returning an interception for a touchdown in their 59-14 NFL title game victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Barr is survived by his wife, three sons and their families. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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