Former Standout Texas Tech Linebacker Dies at 44

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Brad Hastings, a three-time all-Southwest Conference linebacker who brought hope to Texas Tech's struggling program as a top recruit in the 1980s, has died. He was 44.

Connie Hastings said her son died early Monday of heart failure at her home in Arlington. She said she received results of the autopsy Tuesday.

His father, Fred Hastings, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal his son had high blood pressure and breathing problems.

Hastings was Texas Tech's career tackling leader for 15 years after recording 480 tackles from 1983-86. He's still second on that list.

Fred Hastings said knee trouble kept his son from pursuing a pro career. He was an All-American at Arlington Bowie High school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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