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Phil Petty, a former South Carolina star quarterback who led the Gamecocks to 2 bowl wins throughout his collegiate profession, has died, the college introduced Thursday. He was 43.
Petty performed for South Carolina from 1999 to 2001. He had battled a short sickness previous to his demise, The State reported.
“Phil Petty typified what a Gamecock really is. A local South Carolinian, he was a fighter on the soccer discipline, an amazing particular person off the sphere and beloved by all Gamecocks. He was a fantastic good friend to many and a beautiful dad and husband. My prayers exit to his spouse, Morgan, kids, Sage and McCoy, and his many mates,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner stated in a information launch.
Petty took over as South Carolina beginning quarterback in 2000 — a 12 months after the Lou Holtz-led squad went Zero-11. He led the Gamecocks to an Eight-Four file in 2000 and a 9-Three file in 2001.
South Carolina won the Outback Bowl in each seasons with Petty as a starter. On the time, it was their first bowl look since 1994 and the primary time they made a bowl sport in consecutive seasons since 1987 and 1988.
Petty had 5,656 passing yards and 28 landing passes in 4 seasons with the Gamecocks. He spent one season within the NFL as a backup for the Tennessee Titans earlier than transferring into teaching.
He spent a couple of years as a coach within the collegiate and highschool ranks. He was named to the soccer workers at Grey Collegiate Academy in Columbia, S.C.
On Saturday, Petty’s spouse wrote an emotional tribute to him on Fb. Morgan Petty additionally introduced a scholarship fund within the late quarterback’s identify, in accordance to The State.
“To honor you and your legacy the youngsters and I needed to start out the Phil Petty Scholarship basis. I’ll be sure that we proceed to dwell and keep it up the legacy of Phil Petty,” she wrote partly.
“I really like you P2 at all times and perpetually and there’ll by no means be a day you received’t be by facet and in my coronary heart. Love you to the moon and again to the dust. Till I get to really feel your smooth arms round me.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.