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'Corky' McKay, widow of 1st Bucs coach, dies

Associated Press
Published April 24, 2005

TAMPA - Nancy Jean McKay, the 73-year-old widow of former Tampa Bay and Southern California football coach John McKay, died Saturday of cancer.

McKay, who went by the nickname of Corky, is survived by two sons, Rich and John "J.K." Jr., and two daughters, Michelle and Teri.

Rich McKay, the president and general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, is expected to remain with the team through the end of the NFL draft Sunday.

John McKay, who was 77 when he died in June 2001, led Southern Cal to four national championships before becoming the first coach of the Buccaneers.

McKay retired after the 1984 season.

Tampa Bay made three trips to the playoffs in his tenure, which included an NFL-record 26-game losing streak that began with the team's inception in 1976 and ended Dec. 11, 1977, at New Orleans.

Corky McKay died at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are pending, said Reggie Roberts, the Falcons' vice president of communications.

[Last modified April 24, 2005, 01:02:20]

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