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Football’s Rod Franz Dies at 74

November 30, 1999

CARMICHAEL, Calif. (AP) _ Rod Franz, the only three-time football All-America at California, died after a nine-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.

Franz, who died Saturday, was an All-America guard from 1947-1949, played in two Rose Bowls and was chosen to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1977.

Franz rejected offers to turn pro and became a coach. He coached at Mount Diablo High School from 1951-54 and at California Riverside in 1955. He was an assistant at his alma mater from 1956-1957.

He retired after a career as a lobbyist for the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

``There was nobody like Rod,″ Dick Erickson, Franz’s former teammate, said. ``His determination was unbelievable.″

Franz is survived by Lois Franz, his wife of 50 years, seven children and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

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