Dee Hardison, a defensive tackle who was a Bills second-round draft pick in 1978 and played 11 NFL seasons, has died of a heart attack. He was 61.
Hardison had been hospitalized for several weeks with an undisclosed illness.
He played three season with the Bills, five seasons with the Giants, two with the Chargers and a year with Kansas City before retiring after the 1989 season.
He was named to the Associated Press All-America first team in 1977 at North Carolina before being chosen No. 32 overall by the Bills. The Bills converted him to the offensive line before releasing him during the 1981 season.
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