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Jim Hudson, key player for N.Y. Jets in ’69 Super Bowl

AUSTIN, Texas — Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, has died. He was 70.

The team confirmed Thursday on its website that Mr. Hudson died Tuesday in Austin. The cause was not disclosed.

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Mr. Hudson was a starting safety against the Baltimore Colts, making a key play in the first half. The Colts were trailing 7-0 when they tried a flea-flicker from Earl Morrall to Tom Matte and back to Morrall, who never saw a wide-open Jimmy Orr waving his arms near the goal line. Instead, Morrall threw to Jerry Hill near the Jets 10, and Mr. Hudson’s interception ruined the Colts’ potential scoring drive.

The former University of Texas player had six tackles in the 16-7 win, and finished with 15 career interceptions in six seasons with the Jets.

Mr. Hudson, born in Steubenville, Ohio, was a defensive back and quarterback for the Longhorns and helped lead them to the national championship in 1963.

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