Lynn "Buck" Compton, who played on UCLA's first Rose Bowl team and later served as a paratrooper for the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, died Saturday night at his home in Burlington, WA. He was 90.
Compton was a football and baseball letterwinner at UCLA in the early 1940s, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. As an athlete, Compton was a starting catcher for the Bruins, playing alongside Jackie Robinson in 1940. In football, he played offensive guard in 1941 and '42.