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Published April 17, 2013, 07:55 PM

Former UND, NFL Kicker Errol Mann dies at 71

Mann, a native of Breckenridge, Minnesota, was the only former UND player to win a Super Bowl, helping the Raiders defeat the Vikings in Super Bowl XI.

By: Pat Sweeney, WDAZ

Former UND and NFL kicker Errol Mann died April 11 in Missoula, Montana, at age 71. According to a UND release, Mann died at his home of natural causes.

Mann played for UND in 1965 and 1966, winning all-North Central Conference honors both seasons. Mann led UND in scoring with 70 points during North Dakota's NCC title run in 1966. Mann helped UND to a win in the Pecan Bowl in 1966.

Mann was named to UND's All-Century Team in 1994. He returned to Grand Forks for the ceremony, telling WDAZ Sports: "I'm thrilled (at the honor). I'm tickled to death. To be recognized and remembered as having been part of the whole program of the (first) 100 years, and then to have excelled, I'm damn proud of that."

After UND, Mann spent 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Packers, Lions and Raiders. Mann kicked two field goals in Super Bowl XI, helping Oakland beat the Vikings. UND says Mann is the only former UND player to have won a Super Bowl ring.

After his NFL career, Mann lived in Missoula, where he worked as an investment executive.

Mann was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota.