Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg dies at 85

AP

Legendary Packers offensive lineman and longtime NFL coach Forrest Gregg has passed away at the age of 85.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced his passing this morning, and said the flag at the Hall would be at half-staff until he has been laid to rest.

One of the foundations of the Packers dynasty, former coach Vince Lombardi called Gregg “the best player I ever coached.”

Gregg was a member of three Super Bowl championship teams, six NFL/NFC champions, was All-NFL eight straight years and played in nine Pro Bowls. He was a member of the All-Decade team for the 1960s and the league’s 75th Anniversary All-Time team.

Gregg coached the Browns, Bengals, and Packers after his retirement, and led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl.

38 responses to “Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg dies at 85

  1. Aside from all his accomplishments, he showed even more courage and dedication when he took over the SMU program after the death penalty.

  2. I remember his Bengals squads were always tough to play and they nearly took it to the 49ers. R.I.P. Mr. Gregg.

  3. There is a famous story about Mr Gregg working out some college kid who was injury prone in college. Paraphrasing his comments, “I had him line up and I got down and made a move on him to test the surgically repaired knee the kid had, and when he knocked me on my ass, I said OK enough of that”. That kid was Anthony Munoz. RIP

  4. Another one of the stars of the Lombardi era is gone. These are the names that filled my childhood Sundays.
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    Well said. My earliest recollections of watching football as a kid and the planting of the seeds to becoming a fan of the game was from watching those Green Bay Lombardi coached teams. And I didn’t grow up in that area as a fan of the Packers per se. But they were on a lot and so like others around the country I saw the Packers on t.v. all the time and knew just about every player on those rosters as if they were a home team to me. Gregg was one of the great ones.

  5. True legend, True Gentleman — thank you for that magical 1981-82 season…The Bengals wouldn’t have gotten there without you. A season full of memories for a then 14-year old fan. That AFC Championship game is one I will never forget…hence my user name.

    RIP

  6. Very saddened to read of Coach Gregg’s passing. I remember being thrilled when he was named Coach of the Bengals although I’d been a fan of his since reading the Jerry Kramer book. He brought pride to thousands of Bengal’s fans when he took the team to Super Bowl XVI. Rest well Coach Gregg and thank you.

  7. firedog784 says:
    April 12, 2019 at 11:23 am
    Another one of the stars of the Lombardi era is gone. These are the names that filled my childhood Sundays.
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    Well said. My earliest recollections of watching football as a kid and the planting of the seeds to becoming a fan of the game was from watching those Green Bay Lombardi coached teams. And I didn’t grow up in that area as a fan of the Packers per se. But they were on a lot and so like others around the country I saw the Packers on t.v. all the time and knew just about every player on those rosters as if they were a home team to me. Gregg was one of the great ones.
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    Same here. The Pack was on TV all the time when I was a kid because they were the dominant team back then. I always wondered how my Bills (AFL champs ’64 & 65″ and also dominant) would have done against those Packer teams had the Super Bowl begun 2 years earlier…

  8. philcodean says:
    April 12, 2019 at 11:32 am
    Allegedly, Lombardi called him the greatest player he ever coached. Strong sanction. Condolences to Mr. Gregg’s family.
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    Close. Lombardi actually said “Forrest Gregg is the finest player I ever coached!”

  9. What watchers of modern football might not know is that in those days the best tackles played on the right side, as Gregg did. It was a running league then.

  10. Being born in 1972, he is the first Packers coach that I really remember. That was when I was learning about the rivalry as the son of a Viking’s fan. Rest in peace coach…from a second generation Vikings fan.

  11. One of the foundations of the Packers dynasty, former coach Vince Lombardi called Gregg “the best player I ever coached.”

    For a hard nosed coach from an era where coaches weren’t accustomed to throwing out empty accolades, I believe this one speaks volumes.

    Godspeed, Coach.

  12. He was a football players player, I bet he has had some hard head shakes of the players today

  13. He was the best right tackle that ever lived !
    His battles with Gino Marchetti were legendary.

  14. Class personified. One of the legends of the game, and one of the greatest Packers ever. RIP.

  15. Ditka didn’t like him, but that made me love Alvis Forrest Gregg even more.

    #Legend!

    #PackerForever

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