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Former NFL player Art Malone dies

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Former NFL and Arizona State running back Art Malone died Friday at age 64, Arizona State announced on Tuesday.

No cause of death was announced.

The Atlanta Falcons drafted Malone in the second round in 1970, and he played seven seasons in the NFL -- five in Atlanta and two with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He had 2,457 rushing yards and 1,465 receiving yards in his career.

His best season was 1972, when he rushed for 798 yards.

Malone was a member of the Arizona State football team from 1967-1969.

His 2,649 career rushing yards rank seventh on ASU's all-time list.

"He had to be one of the best we ever had," Frank Kush, Malone's coach at Arizona State, told Foxsportsarizona.com. "He was a disciplined kid, he was quick and he was elusive. He was probably one of the premier athletes we ever had at Arizona State."

Malone earned Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in 1968 when he rushed for 1,431 yards, third most in school history.

Malone was inducted into the Sun Devil Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. He also worked for 22 years in the ASU athletic department.
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