Former Marshall quarterback Reggie Oliver dead at 66

HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 14: Former Marshall quarterback Reggie Oliver arrives at the Warner Bros. premiere of "We Are Marshall" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 14, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Marshall University quarterback who was part of the team’s return after the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 players has died. Reggie Oliver was 66.

Marshall President Jerome A. Gilbert said in a release Tuesday that his “heart is broken” at the loss of Oliver. He added that Oliver was “an integral piece of the fabric that makes up Marshall’s story.”

Marshall Athletics said in a release that Oliver “was one of Marshall’s true legends.”

The Herald-Dispatch reported Oliver was hospitalized in Huntsville, Alabama, last week after suffering a head injury in a fall.

Oliver grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and became a quarterback for the Young Thundering Herd, as the team was known. In the school’s first home game after the crash, Oliver connected with freshman fullback Terry Gardner for a 13-yard touchdown on the game’s final play to upset Xavier 15-13.