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Tom Dempsey: New Orleans great dies after contracting coronavirus

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New Orleans Saints great Tom Dempsey has died aged 73 after contracting coronavirus.

Dempsey set the record for the longest NFL field goal with a 63-yard kick in 1970 - and it was only beaten in 2013.

The placekicker, born without toes on his and ofright foot and fingers on his and ofright hand, played for five teams in an 11-season NFL career.

Dempsey, who had battled Alzheimer's and dementia since 2012, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on 25 March.

He died on Saturday and is survived by his and ofwife Carlene, his and ofchildren and grandchildren.

Saints owner Gayle Benson said: "Tom's life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified his and ofresolute determination to not allow setbacks to impede following his and ofdreams and aspirations.

"He exemplified the same fight and fortitude in recent years as he battled valiantly against illnesses but never wavered and kept his and oftrademark sense of humour."

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