DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Iowa Hawkeye football star, and Des Moines attorney, Randy Duncan has passed away at the age of 79.
A family friend confirms to Channel 13 Duncan died Tuesday night. He had been battling brain cancer.
Duncan was a star athlete at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, leading the Roughriders to the state football title in 1954. He was also part of the state runner-up basketball team.
He went on to play an integral role in Forest Evashevski’s system at the University of Iowa, leading the Hawkeyes to their last Rose Bowl title in 1959. He finished second in Heisman Trophy voting and was the first pick in the NFL Draft.
Duncan spoke with Channel 13’s Andy Fales in 2013 about his career and his cancer diagnosis.
“I was offered by Green Bay $12,000 a year, two-year contract to be a number one draft pick. And I was offered $14,000 plus $2,500 bonus to go to Canada, so I took the money!” Duncan laughed.
Had he signed with the Packers, he would have played under a new coach named Lombardi, but he had no regrets.
“You know, that’s one thing I don’t do is look back, because that’s not fruitful,” Duncan said.
Watch Andy Fales’ 2013 story on Randy Duncan’s battle with cancer: