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Former Steeler George Kiick Dies

March 23, 2002

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POMPTON PLAINS, N.J. (AP)_ Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back George Kiick, whose son James also played in the NFL, has died. He was 84.

George Kiick, who played for the Steelers just before and immediately after World War II, died Thursday at Chilton Memorial Hospital.

A graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., Kiick signed with the Steelers in 1940 and played 11 games as a fullback, gaining 212 yards, an average of 3.2 per carry.

After serving as a lieutenant with the 2nd Armored Division in Europe during World War II, where he won a Silver Star for gallantry as well as a Purple Heart, Kiick returned to the Steelers in 1946, appearing in six more games.

He then became a coach at Butler (N.J.) High School.

James Kiick played for the Dolphins from 1968-74, winning two Super Bowls and playing on Miami’s undefeated team in 1972.

Kiick is also survived by his wife, the former Alice Lohr, another son, William, two brothers and five grandchildren.

A private service is planned.

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