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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ed Dyas, former Auburn great and Hall of Famer, dies at 71 after battle with stomach cancer

Former Auburn great Ed Dyas, a College Football Hall of Famer, died Sunday night after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 71.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Ed Dyas," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. "He was a fighter who embodied the values of the Auburn Creed that we all hold dear.

"Dr. Dyas was one of Auburn's all-time greats, but he was much more than a great athlete. He was a scholar, a gentleman, a successful surgeon, a civic leader and a trusted friend. We extend our deepest condolences to the Dyas family and will keep them in our thoughts in prayers."

A star fullback, linebacker and kicker for the Tigers from 1958-60, Dyas joined the Hall of Fame in 2009, the 12th Auburn player or coach to be inducted.

He finished his career as Auburn's sixth all-time leading rusher with 1,298 yards. He was named the SEC's most outstanding back after leading the Tigers in rushing and scoring his senior year in 1960.

Dyas also had four game-winning kicks that season, setting an NCAA record for field goals in a season with 13. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting that year.

A three-time academic All-American, Dyas turned down a chance to play in the NFL to go to medical school. He became a respected orthopedic surgeon in his native Mobile, Ala.

Dyas is survived by his wife Diane and four children, Laurie Chunn, Katherine Watts, Edmund Dyas V and David Dyas.

Dyas’ service will be Thursday, Jan. 27 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Mobile. Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. CT with the memorial at 12:30 p.m.


postermom said...

So sad. My condolences to his family. I hope he was able to know that Auburn won the championship.

This is my dad. He's got a bald head. said...

Hated to hear this sad news. My condolences go out to his family.

Anonymous said...

Is that Pat Dye (#60) trying to tackle Mr. Dyas in the photo?? It sure looks like him.

MikeP said...

That is Dye in the picture. That photo is one that was published in a number of stories when Auburn first hired Pat Dye.

Ed Dyas was a great Auburn man and he'll be missed. War Eagle one last time, Dr. Dyas.