Former CFL, NFL Running Back Dahrran Diedrick Passes Away at 44

Canadian running back Dahrran Diedrick, who led Nebraska to an NCAA championship berth and later won three Grey Cup titles over a 10-year CFL career, died early Saturday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 44.

The Montreal Alouettes, the team Diedrick won two of his Grey Cups with, confirmed his passing. Hall of Fame quarterback Anthony Calvillo, currently the CFL team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was a teammate of Diedrick’s for eight seasons in La Belle Province.

“I won two championships with Dahrran, and he was a very important piece of our team,” Calvillo said in a statement. “He was always in a good mood and got along with everyone in our dressing room.

“He leaves us far too young, and I send my best thoughts to his loved ones.”

The six-foot, 225-pound Diedrick, who was born in Jamaica but raised in Toronto, was the first Canadian-born scholarship recruit to play for the University of Nebraska. In 2001, Diedrick started for the Cornhuskers, rushing for a Big 12-leading 1,299 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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