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Bill honoring Nance advances

by The Indiana Gazette on February 06, 2014 10:50 AM

A bill honoring a local sports figure is headed to the governor’s office for his signature.

Senate Bill 1097 designates North Fifth Street in Indiana Borough as James Nance Memorial Highway.

Nance, who died in 1992 at age 49, was a two-time NCAA champion wrestler at Syracuse University and helped lead the university’s football team to the Sugar Bowl.

He also played professional football in the American, National and World football leagues. As a Boston Patriot, he became the only American Football League player to rush for more than 1,400 yards in a season.

He finished as the all-time AFL rushing leader.

Dual bills to rename the street were introduced last fall, one in the House by state Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, and one in the Senate by state Rep. Don White, R-Indiana. The Senate approved the bill in October; the House gave its approval Wednesday.

A fiscal note attached to the bill points out that two signs — one in each direction — stating the name of a dedicated bridge or highway costs $500.

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