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    Cecil ‘Cy’ Souders, one-time Lion and oldest NFL alum, dies at 100

    Cecil “Cy” Souders, who played three years for the Detroit Lions and at age 100 was believed to be the oldest living NFL alum, has died.

    Souders died Monday at his Hilliard, Ohio, home.

    Well into his 90s, he still was watching football games and even breaking down plays, particularly Ohio State and Florida Atlantic, his wife of 81 years, Jean, told The News in 2019. He didn’t watch many Lions games, however.

    “We don’t follow the Lions so much anymore; we don’t know the people anymore,” Jean Souders told The News. “One of these days, they’ll get it all together maybe. Who knows?”

    Souders, a star end and tackle at Ohio State (he’s in the school’s athletics Hall of Fame), he was drafted in the 25th round by Washington in 1945, but he only played for the Lions, from 1947-49. His first season, he caught 15 passes for 184 yards and his only career touchdown.

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