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Colin Ridgway
Date of birth: February 19, 1937(1937-02-19)
Place of birth: Melbourne, Australia
Date of death: 13 May 1993 (aged 56)
Career information
Position(s): Punter
College: Lamar University
Organizations
 As player:
1965 Dallas Cowboys
Playing stats at NFL.com

Colin Edwin Ridgway (February 19 1937 – May 13 1993) was an American football punter distinguished as being the first Australian to play in the National Football League.

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Athletic career

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Track and Field

Ridgway was a high jumper who competed at the 1956 Olympic Games and 1958 Commonwealth Games for Australia. He had also competed in the Australian Open Track and Field Championships from 1955/56 to 1959/60. He won a bronze medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics and then attended Lamar Tech (now Lamar University) in Beaumont, Texas, before moving to Dallas to join the Cowboys.

VFL career

Ridgway began his sporting career playing Australian rules football. He reached VFL reserves level, playing for the Carlton Football Club in the 1960s.

NFL career

In 1965, Ridgway was recruited by the Dallas Cowboys and played a total of three games as a punter. It turned out that the running drop-kicks that were commonly used at that time in Aussie Rules didn't translate well into the American game. But Ridgway stayed in Dallas and became a successful businessman.

Murder

Colin Ridgway was murdered at his University Park home in 1993. To date, no arrests have been made and the case remains open.[1]

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