Former Texas quarterback Danny Akers dies of cancer

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Danny Akers, son of former Texas head coach Fred Akers and a former Texas quarterback, has died of cancer, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman.

Akers was in a four-year battle with Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. He was 54 years old.

“It’s just a heart-breaker,” Fred Akers told the Austin American-Statesman on Monday night.

Akers played for his father during the early 1980s as a reserve quarterback. In a limited role, Akers played in a total of 11 games from 1982-84, making an appearance in all 11 games in 1985. Throughout his career at Texas, Akers completed 10 of 25 passes for 132 yards and had a passer rating of 76.4, according to College Sports Reference. The Longhorns, led by his father, finished 11-1 and won the Southwest Conference title in 1983. Texas lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 10-9 in the 1984 Cotton Bowl Classic following the 1983 season. 

Akers is survived by his three children: Alix, Hunter and Danielle.