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Former Cowboys receivers coach Hubbard Alexander dies

The late Hubbard Alexander helped develop Michael Irvin into a Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver.
The late Hubbard Alexander helped develop Michael Irvin into a Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver. Star-Telegram/Ron Jenkins

Former Dallas Cowboys receivers coach Hubbard Alexander, who helped guide Michael Irvin's Hall of Fame career, died Sunday night at the age of 77.

Alexander spent the majority of his very successful assistant coaching career with the Cowboys and the University of Miami.

Alexander was a part of two Miami teams that won collegiate national titles (1983 and 1987) while earning Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys in 1992, 1993 and 1995.

"Very sad. Hubbard Alexander was the receiver coach here in the ‘90s, passed away," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "And he’s just one of the all-time greats. You get a chance to be around some special people in the NFL, special players and special coaches, and he certainly is one of those guys. He did such an amazing job for those championship teams in the ‘90s. He was an amazing coach in so many different ways.

“If your job as a coach is to bring the best out in your players, he just was able to do that. He connected so well with the receivers, but not only with the receivers – with everybody on offense and everybody on the team. He was so highly regarded. He was such a passionate guy. He will be sorely, sorely missed. "

Hubbard's also coached Randy Moss and Cris Carter during a two-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings in 1998-99. He helped launch Moss into the NFL as a rookie.

But his most prized pupil was Irvin.

He was part of Miami receivers coach when Irvin earned All America honors in 1987.

He then came to Dallas with Jimmy Johnson in 1989 and was instrumental in Irvin’s All Pro and Hall of Fame career with the Cowboys.

Details for arrangements have yet to be established by the family.

After leaving Dallas, Alexander coached with the Minnesota Vikings (1998-99), New Orleans Saints (2000-03) and Cincinnati Marshals (2005) – an indoor football team.

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