Forrest Gregg, who earned the nickname”Iron Man” for playing at a then-record 188 consecutive NFL games during his Hall of Fame career, died Friday at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Famous coach Vince Lombardi formerly called Gregg”the best player I ever coached.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara and the Gregg family,” Packers president Mark Murphy said in a statement. “He had been a legendary player for the team, certainly one of the greatest in our history. The greatest team player, he increased the amount of play of those around him. He also had a relation to the company over recent years. We enjoyed welcoming him back again to Lambeau Field and watching fans appreciate him round their nation .”
After his acting career, Gregg went on to coach the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Packers, compiling a record of 75-85-1 within 11 seasons. Cincinnati was led by him to the Super Bowl in which the Bengals dropped to Sanfrancisco 26-21.
“Forrest Gregg exemplified greatness during a legendary career that earned him a Bronzed Bust in Canton. He had been the type of player who directed by example as well as in doing so, increased the amount of drama of those round him. Forrest symbolized many great characteristics and virtues that may be learned using the particular Game to inspire people from many walks of life.”
A shield and tackle, Gregg won a-half dozen NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls with the Packers. Gregg finished his career in 1971 with another Super Bowl title with the Cowboys.
He had been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Gregg was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011, and he had overcome melanoma from 1976 and cancer of the colon in 2001.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.