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Former Cowboys center Ben Fricke dies at 35

Ben Fricke, who played center for the Dallas Cowboys from 1999 to 2001, has died of colon cancer. He was 35.

FOX 26 in Houston confirmed Fricke’s passing with Mark Howard, the football coach at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, where Fricke had been working as an assistant coach.

“Ben passed away [Monday] from colon cancer,” Howard said. “I’ve known Ben for three years and gave him his first high school coaching job. It’s like we’ve had a death in the family. That’s what I told the team.”

Coming out of high school Fricke got a scholarship to the University of Houston as a defensive lineman. But he moved to offense and became an All-American center. He was drafted by the Giants and spent a season in NFL Europe before catching on with the Cowboys.

Fricke is survived by his wife and two children.

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20 Responses to “Former Cowboys center Ben Fricke dies at 35”
  1. nyctexan says: Feb 23, 2011 7:39 PM

    Every young male needs to see this. Don’t have to be in your 60’s… RIP Fricke.

  2. brasho says: Feb 23, 2011 7:58 PM

    This is very sad for his wife and 2 children to have to go through. Colon cancer is a horrible way to go and 35 is far too young to go through it. My condolences to his family.

  3. dansnyder says: Feb 23, 2011 8:09 PM


  4. theuncletodd says: Feb 23, 2011 8:13 PM

    prayers to the wife and kids and families

  5. j0esixpack says: Feb 23, 2011 8:28 PM

    Ben Fricke strikes me as a name worth remembering.

    His life sounds like just a regular hard working joesixpack who’s life is worth honoring as much – if not more, than most of the famous names in football.

    My condolences to his family on his passing.

    Good call on posting this MDS

  6. nflfan4life says: Feb 23, 2011 8:48 PM

    Rest in Peace.

  7. billsfan1 says: Feb 23, 2011 9:30 PM

    Sad wishes to the family….

  8. flavordave says: Feb 23, 2011 9:33 PM

    Wow thats a wake up call. Im 37 and Im calling my doctor to set up an appt. Seriously.

  9. skoobyfl says: Feb 23, 2011 9:36 PM

    May God Bless his family.

  10. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 23, 2011 10:19 PM

    Condolences to his family.

    And who are the sick idiots who vote thumbs down on R.I.Ps and best wishes to his family… Grow up.

  11. arzcardinals says: Feb 24, 2011 1:01 AM

    Always add Cancer insurance to your policy. The stats of men dying from cancer is very high. Be smart and get checked. Not knowing IS NOT better than knowing. Cancer caught early can be cured.

  12. shrike58 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:41 AM

    Too. Damn. Young.

    I just hope it wasn’t the result of better living through chemistry.

  13. bunjy96 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:53 AM

    What’s worse, like prostate cancer, its preventable if caught in time.

    Too much macho, can lead to too much dirt in the face.

    “It won’t happen to me” is ridiculous.

  14. toe4 says: Feb 24, 2011 7:48 AM

    He was three years younger than I am.

    dude, I’ve got to schedule that colonoscopy.

  15. Jack Burton says: Feb 24, 2011 7:54 AM

    Condolences to his family, that’s way too young.

  16. realitypolice says: Feb 24, 2011 8:28 AM

    I wish there was a way for PFT to track down the worthless trolls who vote thumbs down on posts expressing condolences and ban them.

    I’m trying to imagine what kind of human garbage would get off on doing that.

    RIP Ben Fricke

  17. castleanthrax says: Feb 24, 2011 8:28 AM

    Prayers to his family.

  18. boysroll says: Feb 24, 2011 8:48 AM

    realitypolice…the thumbs down are haters of the boys and most likely loser 4skin fans…….It is really disgusting to not support a guy who busted his ass playing football for our enjoyment and put aside the hate for a team. Way to young to pass and a very sad story!!!!

    I wish I could confront some of these thumb down guys in person as it would enjoyable….for me that is.

    RIP Fricke and My condolences to his family.

  19. bunjy96 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:49 AM

    The John Wayne Foundation, division of Mutual of Omaha, has an inexpensive package.

    Have had it for years.

    I beat prostate cancer, cause it was caught early. Have a colonoscopy every 3 years. Next one is 3/14/11.

    Wake up men!

  20. jutts says: Feb 24, 2011 9:11 AM

    As a cancer survivor myself. I would hope this is one of those wake-up moments for young men all over the country. Please pay attention to your body and the advise of your doctors. Get all the tests you can get .
    That’s way to young.

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