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Ex-Giants player, coach Austin dies

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)

Bill Austin, a Pro Bowl lineman for the New York Giants and a member of their 1956 NFL championship team, has died at his home in Las Vegas. He was 84.

Austin's playing and coaching career included stints with eight teams and spanned almost four decades.

A 13th-round draft choice for the Giants in 1949 out of Oregon State, Austin played for the team from 1949-50 and from 1953-57. He played in 75 games in his seven seasons and was a Pro Bowl guard in 1954.

In 1958, he started his coaching career at Wichita State. The following year, he became the Green Bay Packers' offensive line coach under Vince Lombardi. He held that position for six years before becoming the Los Angeles Rams' line coach in 1966.

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