Jimmy Gunn dies at 66; member of USC's 'Wild Bunch' defensive line

Jimmy Gunn, an All-American defensive lineman at USC in the 1960s, has died

Jimmy Gunn, an All-American end who was part of USC’s “Wild Bunch” defensive line in 1969, died Saturday in Los Angeles of heart failure, the school announced. He was 66.

Gunn came to USC from San Diego Lincoln High and played for the Trojans from 1967 to 1969. He was All-American as a senior and was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 13th round of the 1970 NFL draft.

He played seven pro seasons for the Bears, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

At USC, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gunn teamed with end Charles Weaver, tackles Al Cowlings and Tody Smith and middle guards Willard “Bubba” Scott and Tony Terry to form the Wild Bunch, which helped the Trojans finish 10-0-1 in 1969.

A service will be held on April 24 at 11 a.m. at Greater St. Luke Church of God in Christ in San Diego.

Gunn is survived by his sister, Willetta Bocage, and his fiancée, Mary Watkins.

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