Former U-M Gridder, Board Member Pryor Passes Away

Update (10/20/05): A memorial service for Cecil Pryor will be held Monday, Oct. 24, at the University of Michigan Golf Course beginning at 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Cecil Pryor, a University of Michigan football letterwinner as a defensive end (1968, '69) and a former member of U-M Board in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics, passed away today (Tuesday, Sept 13) at the University of Michigan Hospital after a long illness. He was 58 years old.

Pryor, a fifth-round draft pick (120th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 1970, played in 20 games for the Wolverines and finished his career with 106 tackles, including nine tackles for loss for 60 yards, three pass breakups and four fumble recoveries.

He played pro football with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League after graduation, the same team that signed Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka, and Jim Kiick. The signing of the trio took the World Football League from the back page to the front page of every sports section in the country.

As the co-owner of Jackson Ford in Jackson, Mich., Pryor attended many Wolverine athletic events with his wife, Jan. One of their three daughters Cecilia Camille (C.C.) was an outside hitter on the Michigan volleyball team in 1997 and 1998.

He will be buried in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, and a memorial service will be held on the University of Michigan athletic campus at a later date.

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