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Former Edmonton Eskimo Joe Blanchard dies

The Edmonton Eskimos mourned the passing of Joe Blanchard, one of their alumni from the 1950s, on Friday.

Blanchard died at age 84 in a hospice in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday after a battle with squamous cell carcinoma.

The Haskell, Okla., native went to college in Kansas and was a Big 7 wrestling champion. He played for Edmonton between 1950 and 1953, playing in the 1952 Grey Cup, when the Eskimos lost to the Toronto Argonauts 21-11.

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Blanchard went on to a 25-year professional wrestling career. He will be inducted into the WWE's Hall of Fame on March 31.

He was survived by his wife Jackie, son Tully — best known as a member of wrestling's Four Horsemen stable — and four grandchildren: Taylor, Tanner, Tessa and Tally. Joe Blanchard's second son, Taylor, was killed in a car crash in 1978.

A memorial will take place on March 26 in San Antonio.

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