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Ex-Ohio State star DE Kudla dies at 34

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Mike Kudla, a star defensive end who played on Ohio State's 2002 national championship team, has died. He was 34.

The northeastern Ohio school district where he played in high school posted on Twitter on Monday that he died Sunday. The cause was not disclosed.

Kudla was named first-team All-Big Ten and Ohio State's most valuable player on defense in 2005. In his final college game, he set a Fiesta Bowl record with three sacks to help the Buckeyes beat Notre Dame. He finished his college career with 91 tackles and 14.5 sacks.

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