Good Morning, Broncos fans! Former Broncos defensive lineman Pete Duranko passed away on Friday following an 11-year battle with ALS, the disease which would inspire him to become a national spokesman and fundraiser in search of a cure and to raise awareness. Duranko was drafted by the Cleveland Browns out of Notre Dame in 1966 but spent his entire NFL career from 1967 to 1974 with the Broncos, playing in 98 games and starting 76 of them. Regarding his own battle with ALS and his wife's fear of the day when Pete would be unable to care for himself, he told Patrick Saunders in 2003,
“She says, ‘I don’t know if I can handle it.' And I told her, ‘You never know what you can handle.”‘
Duranko was 67 years old and passed in his hometown of Johnstown, PA. Our thoughts go out to the Duranko family.
Duranko donated his brain to Boston Medical, which is researching whether ALS is linked to concussions.
Chris Hall wrote a brief entry for the Broncos' website on Duranko's passing.
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