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Holmes, former UW star, dies at 48

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Former University of Washington star Ron Holmes, who spent eight seasons in the NFL, died Thursday at the age of 48.

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Holmes, who was living in DuPont, Wash., had been battling diabetes and coronary issues, his friend Mike Michael told the Seattle Times. He is survived by two children.

An All-American defensive lineman, Holmes was named to the All-Pac-10 first team in 1983 and 1984 and won the Morris Trophy — awarded to the best offensive and defensive lineman in the Pac-10 — in '84.

He also was named the Huskies' MVP in 1984, a year in which the team went 11-1 and was ranked No. 2 in the country.

Holmes was drafted in the first round by Tampa Bay, staying with the team from 1985-88, before playing with the Denver Broncos from 1989-1992. He started at defensive end in the Broncos' Super Bowl XXIV loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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