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Legendary former Bel Air football coach Bob Savage dies at 85

Bob Savage
Bob Savage at the end of his coaching career.

EL PASO, Texas -- Legendary football coach Bob Savage, who led Bel Air High School's program from 1973 to 1992, has died at the age of 85, ABC-7 has confirmed. (You can watch a KVIA archive profile of Savage's two decades as a coach in the video player at the top of this article.)

Savage, a former Coach of the Year who is also in the El Paso Hall of Fame, retired in 1992 and the school's football field is named in his honor.

During his coaching career at Bel Air, the school won or shared in nine district championships, according the Texas High School Football History website.

In a 2012 interview with the Bel Air Argus, two decades after he stepped down as coach, Savage said: "I’m just proud of all my accomplishments…in life itself.”

It was in September of that same year that Bel Air dedicated its stadium field as Bob Savage Field with Savage indicating: “This is the greatest honor I’ve ever had as a coach…It’s probably the nicest and greatest thing I could ever receive."

No information has yet been received about funeral services for Savage.

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