|Former Michigan State, NFL star George Webster dies|
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|Thursday, 19 April 2007 14:01|
Michigan State University associate athletic director John Lewandowski said Webster died in Houston. He did not immediately provide other details.
Webster, an All-America defensive standout at Michigan State, was the Houston Oilers' first draft pick in 1967. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with Houston, a year and half with Pittsburgh and then played three seasons for New England.
In 1989, Webster applied for benefits as totally and permanently disabled. He was found to have lost most use of a hand, foot, knee and ankle due to football-related injuries but did not meet the NFL's definition of totally disabled.
In 1998, the Supreme Court, let stand a finding by the NFL's retirement board that Webster's disability was not related to his football career.
Football-related disability benefits are $4,000 a month; non-football disability monthly benefits are $750.
In 2002, Webster had his right leg amputated above the knee in Houston because the limb had little circulation despite four previous surgeries.