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Maxie Baughan, former linebacker, of the Philadelphia Eagles passes away at the age 85

Maxie Baughan, former linebacker of the Philadelphia Eagles and franchise's Hall of Fame passed away Saturday, August 19 in Ithaca, New York. He was 85 years old. According to a news release by the Philadelphia Eagles, he died of natural causes and was surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dianne; three children – Max (wife Jenn), Mark (wife Carolyn), Matt (wife Kelly); and eight grandchildren (Christopher, Connor, Charlie, Hunter, Hailey, Natalie, Cal, Heather).

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The Philadelphia Eagles released the following statement:

"On behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles family, I am saddened to learn of the passing of Maxie Baughan, one of our team's all-time greats," Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said. "A member of the 1960 NFL Championship team as a rookie, he went on to earn All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors during his career while playing a tough, hardnosed style of football. Maxie's induction into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2015 solidified his legacy and recognized his contributions to the team. Our hearts are with his wife, Dianne, and all Maxie's family and friends as they mourn his passing."

Born August 3, 1938 in Forkland, Alabama, Baughan was an All-American center and linebacker at Georgia Tech and was selected in the second round (20th overall) of the 1960 NFL Draft by the Eagles. He became an immediate starter for the team and went on to win the 1960 NFL Championship. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones.

Source: Philadelphia Eagles