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Pete Duranko, an All-American on Notre Dame's 1966 national championship team, died Friday night, his hometown newspaper has reported.

The Johnstown, PA, native was diagnosed was with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease in 2000 and became a national spokesperson for ALS. He was 67. 

Duranko was recruited to Notre Dame as a fullback but was switched to defensive end. He went on to play eight years with the Denver Broncos.

"He was selfless. No ego," former Irish center George Goeddeke told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. "I remember the humor. He had the practical jokes going and he kept things light. And, he was an unbelievably disciplined guy as far as his workouts, his work ethics, his study habits and his life. I called him Possum Pete because he would always sneak up on you with some goofy quirk. He would sing the Notre Dame Fight Song in Polish. He would always do something off the charts. It was priceless."

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