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UK Hall of Fame QB Norton dies at age 69

LOUISVILLE — Rick Norton, who played quarterback in the 1960s for the University of Kentucky and the Miami Dolphins, died Thursday in Louisville. He was 69.

John Norton said his brother had battled heart disease and suffered a heart attack earlier this month.

He played three seasons at Kentucky and was team co-captain as a senior. He was drafted to the pros in 1966 and played four seasons in Miami. He retired after playing one game for the Green Bay Packers in 1970.

Norton was best known for leading Kentucky to victories over two top-10 opponents in 1964, when the Wildcats beat No. 1 Mississippi 27-21 and No. 7 Auburn 20-0.

Norton was among the first class of inductees into the UK Hall of Fame in 2005.

John Norton told The Courier-Journal his brother went into public service after football, working for the state parks system and also led the Kentucky State Racing Commission under former Gov. Martha Layne Collins.

Norton said a funeral will be held next weekend at St. Stephen Martyr Church in Louisville.