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Peter Gent dies at 69; ex-wide receiver wrote 'North Dallas Forty'
Peter Gent dies at 69; ex-wide receiver wrote 'North Dallas Forty'

Peter Gent, who turned his vivid memories of a five-year career as a wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys into the blisteringly candid bestselling novel "North Dallas Forty," has died. He was 69. Gent, a standout basketball player at Michigan State University in the early 1960s, died Friday at his home in Bangor, Mich., of complications from pulmonary disease, according to the D.L. Miller Funeral Home in Bangor. Despite being drafted by the old Baltimore Bullets of the NBA, Gent chose football over basketball after college. Signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, he played flanker from 1964 through 1968. At age 27, his NFL career was over. But he wasn't done with...

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