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Auburn's 'Punt Bama Punt' legend David Langner dies of cancer

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Auburn legend David Langner died Saturday of cancer.

Langner entered college football and Auburn lore during the 1972 Iron Bowl when he returned two blocked punts for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead the Tigers to a 17-16 comeback win over hated Alabama. As if the two touchdowns weren't enough, Langner also picked off a pass to end the game and seal the win.

"David Langner was one of Auburn's greats who will be remembered by generations to come," said Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs in a statement. "He was a fierce competitor who fought cancer as hard as he fought any opponent he faced. I know the entire Auburn family joins me in offering our sympathy and prayers to his family."

Langner's performance in the 1972 Iron Bowl was also the inspiration for the "Kick, Bama, Kick" moniker given to the 2013 Iron Bowl, in which Chris Davis returned a missed Alabama field goal for a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds.

Langner was 62 years old.

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