Charlie Tyra, UofL 1st All-American, dies

(LOUISVILLE) -- Charlie Tyra, the University of Louisville's first basketball All-American, has passed away at the age of 71. Tyra died Friday in Louisville after an illness.

Tyra is the Cards all time leading rebounder and fifth all time leading scorer. He was an All-American in the 1955-56 and 56-57 seasons and was a member of the 1956 NIT championship team..

"People don't realize that Charlie Tyra was the University of Louisville first All-American. And he literally won a national title but it wasn't called an NCAA championship then," said Darrell Griffith, another UofL All-American.

Tom Jurich, UofL's athletic director told WAVE 3's Kent Taylor: "He was so good to me when I first came here. He was on of the first people that I had a chance to meet with --  go have lunch with. He's just a special, special man. We are going to miss him sorely, but what a legacy he leaves with the University of Louisville."

Tyra played professionally with 3 NBA teams and is a member of both the University of Louisville Hall of Fame and Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Charlie Tyra is survived by his wife of 49 years and their five children. Funeral services will be held on January 6th in Louisville.