NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee State football player Elbert Drungo Jr., who competed under John Merritt from 1965-68, passed away at age 71.
During the course of his TSU career, the Tigers were 31-5-2 and won two Historically Black College National Championships in 1965 and 1966.
After graduating from Tennessee State, Drungo was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1969 and he played 107 games with the Oilers playing both tackle and guard through 1977. He spent his 10th NFL season in Buffalo, where he played 13 games in 1978.
Drungo died on Oct. 11 at home after battling cancer the past six years.
Drungo coached at Fisk University for four years, then worked at the Davidson County Sheriff's Department before retiring as a lieutenant. He is survived by his wife, and daughter, Mary Evelyn Drungo Pitts, and nieces and nephews.