March 11, 2015

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Ryan Johanningmeier, a versatile offensive lineman for the University of Colorado, died Monday. He was 38.

A cause of death has yet to be determined. There will be a memorial service for Johanningmeier on March 21 at Folsom Field.

Johanningmeier was part of former CU coach Rick Neuheisel's first recruiting class in Boulder and played tackle, guard, center and tight end for the Buffaloes from 1996-99. Neuheisel said in a release that Johanningmeier was ''one of those players who never gave it anything less than his best effort, in practice, in games and off the field.''

He went undrafted, but spent time with the Atlanta Falcons in 2000-01 before neck and back injuries shortened his career.

Johanningmeier's father, B.J., played football at Colorado State and then for Green Bay and Denver.

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