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Forrest Gregg


Forrest Gregg selflessly switched  from tackle to guard when injuries created a crisis on the Packers' line. See more pictures of famous football players.

The only thing Hall of Fame tackle Forrest Gregg didn't do well was retire.

Four times the Green Bay Packers great tried; three times he was coaxed back.

Twice Vince Lombardi talked him into returning. Then in 1971, after Gregg was released by the Packers, Dallas coach Tom Landry convinced him to give it a go one more time. He did, and the Cowboys went on to win Super Bowl VI. Finally, at the age of 38, Gregg retired for good.

Alvis Forrest Gregg (born 1933) was the Packers' second-round selection in the 1956 NFL draft.

A two-time All-Southwest Conference player, Gregg played both offensive and defensive tackle at Southern Methodist University. The Packers 'coaches, however, assigned the rookie to the offense.

Even at 6'4" and 230 pounds (he matured to 250 later in his career), Gregg was considered small for an offensive lineman. Realizing his size limitations, he concentrated on learning ways to out-finesse the big defensive ends who would be looking to overpower him. He spent countless hours watching films and learning players' weaknesses and tendencies. By the time an opponent lined up against him, Forrest already knew what he had to do to beat him.

During his early years with the Packers, the team struggled. Then in 1959, Lombardi took over the coaching reins and all that changed. As the Packers' fortunes improved, Gregg finally began to get the national recognition he deserved. He won All-NFL honors eight straight times (1960-67) and played in nine Pro Bowls from 1960-69. "Forrest Gregg," Lombardi said, "is the finest player I ever coached!"

Always in peak condition, Gregg played in a then-record 188 consecutive NFL games from 1956-71. A team player, he demonstrated his unselfish versatility in 1961 and again in 1965 when injuries forced him to move to guard. He made the move willingly and with exceptional results.

Following the 1965 season, he was named as an all-league tackle by one major news service and an All-NFL guard by another. In 1994, Forrest Gregg was named to the NFL's All-Time Team.

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