Damon Bame, a two-time All-American and member of USC’s 1962 national championship football team, died in Riverside, the university announced Monday.
Bame died on June 26 of heart disease, according to USC sports information officials. He was 77.
Bame, a Glendale High School graduate, transferred to USC from Glendale Junior College and lettered at guard and linebacker for the Trojans in 1962 and 1963.
USC was 11-0 in 1962, including a victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, en route to the national title.
Bame had four interceptions that season, during which the Trojan defense allowed just 92 total points and posted three shutouts.
Bale also was a two-time All-Conference performer and earned USC’s Lineman of the Year Award both seasons.
After leaving USC, Bame was an assistant football coach at San Jose State, Long Beach State and New Mexico, with Hawaii of the World Football League and at Corona del Mar High School. He also did a stint as the head coach at El Segundo High School and worked in precious metals recycling industry.
His survivors include his son, Darryl Hopper-Bame, sisters M. Roberta Gran and Barbara J. Hill and brother Joe D. Bame.
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