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Legendary Lions C Ed Flanagan dies at 79

Aug 21, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  A Detroit Lions game helmet rests on a sideline equipment trunk against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Center Ed Flanagan, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has died, the Detroit Lions announced Wednesday. He was 79.

A cause of death was not released by the team.

Flanagan is a member of the Lions’ all-time team. He played 10 seasons with Detroit from 1965-74, and started all 139 regular-season games he played with the club.

Flanagan made his first Pro Bowl in 1969, the start of four selections in five seasons.

He finished his career with the then-San Diego Chargers, starting 25 of 26 games in two seasons (1975-76).

Flanagan played college football at Purdue. The Lions chose him in the fifth round of the 1965 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media