O'Connell dies at age 83

O'Connell dies at age 83

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Tommy O’Connell, who helped lead Illinois to a Big Ten football title and a Rose Bowl victory against Stanford in 1952, died March 20 at age 83.

O’Connell, who was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Chicago, had a brief career in the NFL and AFL. He played for the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. He started for the Browns in the 1957 NFL Championship Game after he returned from a severely sprained ankle and a hairline fracture of the fibula.

O’Connell led the NFL in passing in 1957 and held an NFL record for yards per pass for many years.

Danielson, Hauter pace golfers. Illinois men’s golfers Charlie Danielson and Jonathan Hauter each carded 3-over-par 74s and tied for 15th place Tuesday at the Valspar Invitational in Palm City, Fla.

The sixth-ranked Illini totaled a final-round 296 and finished ninth. Georgia Tech won the tournament by 8 strokes.

UI women finish 11th. Women’s golfers Ember Schuldt, Stephanie Miller and Emily Joers each finished in a 37th-place tie at 229, leading Illinois to 11th place Tuesday at the Briar’s Creek Invitational at Johns Island, S.C.

Bollant’s squad accepts Paradise Jam invite. The Illinois women’s basketball team will play in the Paradise Jam during Thanksgiving weekend this season in the U.S. Virgin Islands, UI coach Matt Bollant said Tuesday.

It will be the Illini’s first appearance in the tournament in the program’s 41-year history.

Illinois will join Ohio State, Clemson, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, South Florida and Wichita State at the event Nov. 27-29.

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jjohnson wrote on March 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Tommy O'Connell also led the Buffalo Bills to their first championship (1964) in the old American Football League that became the AFC. The first year cornerback Jimmy Warren who was on our '64 Rose Bowl team was on the opposing San Diego Chargers.