Former NFL halfback Alex Burl dies in Denver at 78

Alex Burl Jr., a former Colorado State football and track star

who played a season in the NFL, has died. He was 78.

His family said Burl died in Denver last week after a heart


Colorado State said a memorial service is planned Thursday. The

Army veteran is to be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Burl was the first black athlete in Colorado State history to

win the Nye Trophy, presented annually to the institution’s most

outstanding male athlete.

Burl qualified for the 1952 U.S. Olympic trials in track at age

19. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in 1954 and played

eight games in 1956.

Burl later coached football, cross country, and track and field

for Denver Public Schools.

His grandson, Davis Burl, is a linebacker at Colorado State.