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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) _ Former NFL tight end Jim Hester died Thursday after a lengthy battle with heart and lung disease. He was 57.

Hester, who grew up in Davenport, was drafted in 1967 by the New Orleans Saints and played there for three years. He went to Chicago in 1970 and played for the Bears with Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers.

Hester graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1967, where he played basketball with Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

After his NFL career, Hester returned to Davenport and worked for John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Ill.

Hester was known for his community activism, interest in youth and success in sports.

He is survived by his wife, Christine, and their four children.