Jack Kemp , football star and politician, dies

From NBC12 News

WASHINGTON (AP) - Praise for the late Jack Kemp is rolling in from fellow politicians.

Kemp , the former pro quarterback who turned fame on the gridiron into a career in national politics and a crusade for lower taxes, has died of cancer at age 73.

Family spokeswoman Marci Robinson said Kemp died shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday at his home in the Washington suburbs.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called Kemp "one of the nation's most distinguished public servants."

Former President George W. Bush expressed his sorrow and says Kemp "will be remembered for his significant contributions to the Reagan revolution."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Kemp was "an extraordinary American leader."

Kemp represented western New York for nine terms in Congress, staged an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988 and ran as Bob Dole's running-mate in the 1996 presidential election.

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