Former Ole Miss football star Gene Hickerson died this morning following a lengthy illness, according to a release from the university.
Hickerson, 72, was an offensive lineman at Ole Miss from 1955 to 1957. During that time, the Rebels had a 26-5-1 record. In 1957, Hickerson was a team co-captain and an All-Southeastern Conference selection.
Following his college career, Hickerson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1958 and went on to a stellar career that included six Pro Bowl selections and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
He played 15 seasons until 1973, blocking for some of the great Cleveland running backs including Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly and Bobby Mitchell.