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Ex-Auburn QB Jimmy Sidle Dies at 57

November 15, 1999

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Former Auburn All-American Jimmy Sidle, the first quarterback to lead the nation in rushing, has died in a Montgomery hospital at 57.

Sidle, who died Sunday, rushed for 1,006 six yards in 1963.

His half-brother, George ``Shorty″ White of Tuscaloosa, told The Birmingham News that Sidle had suffered from heart problems.

Other details of the death were not immediately available today. Funeral services for Sidle were incomplete.

As a junior, Sidle ran for 1,006 yards in 1963 and was named first-team AP All-American as he and running back Tucker Frederickson led Auburn to a 9-1 regular-season record before losing to Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

In his senior season, Sidle suffered a shoulder injury in the opener against Houston and was moved to tailback. He later played with the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and in the Canadian Football League.

Sidle, a star athlete at Banks High School in Birmingham, was living in Millport at the time of his death.

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