A&M Hero Kimbrough Dies at 87

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Texas A&M football hero, movie star and former state lawmaker John Kimbrough has died in his West Texas hometown of Haskell at age 87.

Kimbrough died Monday after a bout with pneumonia. His widow, Barbara Kimbrough, says his funeral will probably be Friday or Saturday in Haskell.

The fullback known as "the Haskell Hurricane" played for Texas A&M's 1939 national championship team and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1940.

He went on to a pro football career before entering show business. He starred in two Westerns in 1942, "Sundown Jim" and "Lone Star Ranger."

Kimbrough also served in the Army during World War Two and in the Texas Legislature from 1953 to 1955.

He's survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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