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Former Packers guard Gale Gillingham dies

Obit Gillingham Football AP

Gale Gillingham, a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Packers during the latter years of the Lombardi era, died earlier this week.  He was 67.

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but it is believed Gillingham suffered a heart attack in his home.

Gillingham joined the Packers as the 13th overall pick in the 1966 draft.  He became a starter at guard, with Jerry Kramer, in 1967.  Gillingham became a member of the Packers Hall of Fame in 1982.

He was a five-time Pro Bowler, a six-time All Pro, and he played in 128 regular-season games.

We extend our condolences to Gale Gillingham’s family, friends, and teammates.

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10 Responses to “Former Packers guard Gale Gillingham dies”
  1. stellarperformance says: Oct 23, 2011 8:05 AM

    He’s the last of the Lombardi era players that played well enough to make it into Canton. He probably won’t though….it would have happened by now. Too bad.

  2. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 23, 2011 8:38 AM

    Rest in Peace…

  3. ecnasty says: Oct 23, 2011 8:38 AM

    Rest in Peace. Thanks for the memories.

  4. odinsundin says: Oct 23, 2011 9:44 AM

    Mr. Gillingham lived a great life, was a great father and will be missed by many. My condolences to his family and friends and I hope your great memories of Mr. Gillingham will provide some measure of comfort during this difficult time.

  5. youboettcha says: Oct 23, 2011 9:55 AM

    Three Packers that should be in the HOF: Jerry Kramer, Billy Howton, and Gale Gillingham.

  6. roseann894 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:22 AM

    According to the Associated Press headline, he IS in the HoF. Which surprised me given Kramer’s absence.

  7. starrtodowler says: Oct 23, 2011 11:11 AM

    He’s in the Packers Hall of Fame but not The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Should be. Many thanks, Gilly. Rest well.

  8. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 23, 2011 11:17 AM

    roseann894 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:22 AM

    According to the Associated Press headline, he IS in the HoF. Which surprised me given Kramer’s absence.
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    He is in the Packer HOF

  9. pack13queens0 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:18 AM

    He should be in Canton. RIP Gale.

  10. stavreafavre says: Oct 23, 2011 3:15 PM

    HoF Committee dicked around long enough so that a great player who should be in there will enter posthumously if at all. On pace to record the same outrage with Jerry Kramer. What a travesty. RIP Gilly, true fans know how good you were.

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