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Funeral plans announced for former Clemson star, Steelers champion who lost battle with cancer

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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Bennie Cunningham (89) in 1984. (AP Photo/NFL Photos) Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Bennie Cunningham (89) in 1984. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University announced that one of their former star athletes lost a battle with cancer on Monday morning.

Bennie Cunningham, one of the greatest tight ends in the ACC, died at age 63.

Cunningham played for Clemson from 1972 to 1975, during which time he became the first African-American player to make an All-American team in school history.

A two-time first-team All-ACC selection, Cunningham was the only tight end named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary team in 2003.  

Cunningham was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the draft in 1976 and was a member of the team when they won Super Bowls in 1978 and 1979.

He later returned to the Upstate and earned a Master's Degree in secondary education. He worked as a guidance counselor at West Oak High School.

Cunningham's viewing will be hosted at Beasley Funeral Home at 715 Augusta Street in Greenville on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at Seneca Baptist Church at 1080 S Oak Street in Seneca on April 29, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 502 East South 2nd Street in Seneca from 7 to 8 p.m.

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