Former Redskins center dies of cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dan Turk, a former center who played with his brother on the Washington Redskins during a 15-year NFL career, has died of cancer at 38.
He died Saturday night at his Ashburn, Va., home. His death was announced by Washington interim head coach Terry Robiskie after Sunday's game against Arizona.
"We had a moment of silence in the locker room before the game," Robiskie said.
Turk was half of the first brother-to-brother, long snapper-to-punter combination in NFL history. He and punter Matt Turk played for the Redskins from 1997-99. Dan Turk also played for Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the Raiders.
Turk lettered two years at Drake before transferring to Wisconsin. He was drafted by the Steelers in 1985.
Turk's last NFL snap was a one-hopper that caused a field-goal attempt to go awry in the final moments of Washington's 14-13 playoff loss at Tampa Bay in January. The Redskins chose not to re-sign Turk for this season, and his brother was traded to Miami.
Three months later, Dan Turk was diagnosed with cancer. At his family's request, his condition was not made public.
Dan Turk was also his brother's agent, and the Turks operated the "Dog Depot" hot dog stands in the Redskins Park area.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and a daughter, Sarah.