Former Minnesota Vikings kicker, and contributor to the invention of the Nerf football Fred Cox has passed away at 80.

Cox passed away in the comfort of his own home in Monticello, Mn, late Wednesday night. Cox had been dealing with some issues regarding his heart and kidney, and had been in hospice in his home.

From 1963 to 1977, Cox kicked for the Minnesota Vikings. Throughout his career, Cox was an NFL leading kicker.  In 1969, with a 70.3 percent accuracy rate, he was recognized as All-Pro recognition.  In his 14 years, Cox was on the Vikings roster for Super Bowl IV, VIII, IX, and XI. Cox was only 1 of 11 to be rostered for all 4 of the Vikings Super Bowls. In 1977, the All-Pro both opened and closed the Super Bowl XI with a kick.

Cox found success off the field too. In 1972, Cox and John Mattox invented the Nerf Football.  A small invention from which he would receive quarterly checks, leading to an early retirement. Cox also practiced chiropractics following his leave from the NFL.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and his four children.

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