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Former All-Pro kicker Cary Blanchard dies at 47

Place kicker Cary Blanchard of the Indianapolis Colts pumps his fist in celebration after successfully kicking a game winning field goal to give the Colts a 13-10 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. Getty Images

Former Colts kicker Cary Blanchard died on Tuesday at the age of 47.

Blanchard’s ex-wife told the Associated Press that he died of what’s believed to be a massive heart attack in Texas, but said that an autopsy has not been performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Blanchard kicked for five teams during his eight-year NFL career, but spent the most time with the Colts and had his greatest success in Indianapolis. He was named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team after the 1996 season and provided the margin of victory with a field goal against the Chiefs in the divisional playoffs following the 1995 season as the Colts advanced to the AFC championship game.

He made 165-of-214 field goals overall during a career that also saw him spend time with the Jets, Giants, Redskins and Cardinals.

Blanchard is survived by three children. Our condolences to his entire family.

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11 Responses to “Former All-Pro kicker Cary Blanchard dies at 47”
  1. johnnycantread says: Sep 8, 2016 7:47 AM

    Too young.

  2. iseek11 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:56 AM

    Way too young. Prayers of peace to those left behind.

  3. 3xapple says: Sep 8, 2016 8:43 AM

    RIP, Cary.

  4. eazeback says: Sep 8, 2016 8:48 AM

    very sad, he was very young still…..prayers up to the family

  5. billswillnevermove says: Sep 8, 2016 9:04 AM

    47? Wow!! Way too young. RIP!!!

  6. thekillernacho says: Sep 8, 2016 9:14 AM

    To young. RIP.

  7. lenthevikesfan says: Sep 8, 2016 9:48 AM


  8. thetooloftools says: Sep 8, 2016 9:50 AM

    Just Too Young…………….

  9. shackdelrio says: Sep 8, 2016 10:58 AM

    Sad news.


  10. fallujahff says: Sep 8, 2016 10:59 AM

    Way way way way way too young. Condolences.

  11. manureman says: Sep 8, 2016 11:00 AM

    Lost my wife at age 42 to a stroke always remember tomorrow is not promised to anyone. RIP

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