Ben Fricke, who played center for the Cowboys from 1999-2001, has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 35-years-old and is survived by a wife and 2 children. Fricke went to the University of Houston as a defensive lineman, but soon switched to the offensive side and became and All-American center.
Fricke was drafted out of college by the New York Giants and spent time after that in NFL Europe before getting a chance with the Cowboys. After joining the Cowboys in 1999, he started in 5 games during the 2000 season and played in 16 total games during his tenure with the Cowboys.
Fricke was, at the time of his death, working as an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas. He also taught business education at the the school. Fricke had been coaching and teaching at Centennial High School for the past three years.
Centennial head coach Mark Howard said of Fricke, “Ben passed away [Monday] from colon cancer. I’ve known Ben for three years and gave him his first high school coaching job. It’s like we’ve had a death in the family. That’s what I told the team.”
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Fricke’s family and friends, especially his wife Amy and 2 kids. All of Cowboys nation extend our prayers to you. So fans what are your memories of Fricke if you have any?