Former Oklahoma State and NFL Pro Bowl kicker Cary Blanchard passed away suddenly late Tuesday night in Texas where he was visiting his father. Reports say Blanchard had a heart attack and died.
Blanchard was just short of his 48th birthday.
The former Texas high school standout from Hurst (L.D. Bell), Texas came to Oklahoma State and was an All-Big Eight Conference kicker and punter. He finished his college career with 331 points, which ranks third all-time in points scored at Oklahoma State behind current Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey and Blanchard's Heisman Trophy-winning teammate Barry Sanders.
Blnachard was undrafted and went on to sign with the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut but stayed active in the WFL and then made it with the New York Jets and eventually kicked for eight seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was voted into the Pro Bowl one season. He also kicked for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals. He kicked in preseason with New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and Dallas Cowboys.
After his NFL career, Blanchard settled with is family, wife Mindi and children, in the Deer Creek area of Edmond.
Blanchard was a big personality and always an interesting person to be around. Besides Sanders, he was on those Oklahoma State teams with current Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy.
A memorial service for Blanchard is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur in Oklahoma City.