Longtime Cowboys linebacker Dave Edwards dies at 76

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 1972 file photo, Miami running back Jim Kiick (21) is brought down by Dallas tacklers after picking up a short game during first quarter of the Super Bowl football game in New Orleans. Also shown are Dallas Cowboys players Dave Edwards (52), Larry Cole (63) and Herb Adderley (26). Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dave Edwards has died. He was 76. Edwards' brother, Tim Edwards, tells The Associated Press that Dave Edwards died in his sleep Monday night, Dec. 5, 2016, at his home near Lake Whitney, Texas, about 65 miles south of Dallas. (AP Photo/File)
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WHITNEY, Texas (AP) Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dave Edwards has died. He was 76.

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

Edwards played for 12 seasons in Dallas from 1963 to 1975 and was a key cog in the Cowboys defense. He won one Super Bowl with the team and played in two others.

Before coming to Dallas, the Alabama native was an all-SEC linebacker at Auburn.