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Former Punter Roby Dies at 43

Wednesday, February 23, 2005; Page D02

Former punter Reggie Roby, a 16-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection, died yesterday in Nashville after being found unconscious at home by his wife. He was 43.

Melissa Roby found her husband with no pulse. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at home and in the ambulance, but he was pronounced dead in the emergency room at St. Thomas Hospital, according to a statement released by the family.

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The cause of death is unknown, the statement said.

Roby was a sixth-round pick in 1983 from Iowa by the Miami Dolphins, where he played from 1983 to '92. He also played for the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston/Tennessee Oilers and San Francisco 49ers, where he wrapped up his career with a final season in 1999.

He led the AFC in 1991 with an average punt of 45.7 yards, and he still holds the Pro Bowl record with 10 punts in the 1985 game. Roby punted for the Redskins for two seasons, and he earned a Pro Bowl berth in 1994.

Roby, who had six children, was the marketing and development director for Backfield in Motion, a nonprofit group mixing athletics and academics to help boys in the inner city.

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