Longtime Cowboys LB Dave Edwards dies at 76

Dave Edwards, a linebacker in the Dallas Cowboys’ famous Doomsday Defense, has died. He was 76.

Edwards, an all-SEC player from Auburn, missed just one game in 12 seasons with the Cowboys from 1963 to 1975. He played in three Super Bowls, winning it in 1972.

Edwards’ brother, Tim Edwards, told The Associated Press that Dave Edwards recently was diagnosed with a heart condition and was set to undergo surgery this week. He died in his sleep Monday night at his home near Lake Whitney, Texas, about 65 miles south of Dallas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dave Edwards (52) helps stop Miami running back Jim Kiick in Super Bowl VI.