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“Disease is the one thing _ boy I tell you, it’s tough to lick,” he said in 2008, talking about the leg ailments that had restricted him to using a walker. “It’s tough to lick those diseases. I don’t know why they can’t.”

A few years earlier, he said: “I can control most things, but I don’t seem to be able to control death.”

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Former AP Football Writer Dave Goldberg and AP Sports Writers Chris Duncan, Janie McCauley, Stephen Hawkins and AP freelance Michael Wagaman contributed to this report.