Thursday, March 5, 2009

Duke's McAfee dies

One of Duke's finest former athletes has died.

George McAfee, who is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, died Wednesday evening in Georgia, Duke announced Thursday. He was 90.

A native of Ironton, Ohio, McAfee was a football letterman at Duke from 1937-39. He helped the Blue Devils to a three-year record of 24-4-1 with two Southern Conference championships. Duke won the conference in 1938 and 1939 and appeared in the Rose Bowl after the 1938 season.

As a senior in 1939, McAfee led Duke in rushing, receiving, scoring, kickoff returns, punt returns, interceptions and punting en route to earning first team All-America honors as the Blue Devils went 8-1.

In the spring of his senior year, McAfee batted .353 while playing centerfield on Duke's baseball squad that went 16-7 and also captured the 100-meter crown at the Southern Conference track and field championships. – Ken Tysiac