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NFL Hall Of Famer Forrest Gregg Passes Away At Age 85

A closeup of a Green Bay Packers helmet.

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 09: A close up of a helmet of the Green Bay Packers on the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on August 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Forrest Gregg, one of the top players from Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, as well as a Super Bowl head coach, has passed away. He was 85 years old and had battled Parkinson's since 2011.

A college star at SMU, Gregg was drafted in the second round by the Green Bay Packers in 1956. Upon the arrival of Vince Lombardi in 1959, he quickly emerged as one of the best offensive linemen in the game.

Gregg became a nine-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection during his career in Green Bay. He helped pave the way to five NFL Championships with the Packers, as well as the first two Super Bowl titles.

He played one final NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys in 1971, winning Super Bowl VI in his final game as a pro.

In addition to once holding the NFL record for consecutive games played with 188, Gregg was named to the NFL 1960s All-Decade team, the NFL's 75th Anniversary team, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 on the first ballot.

But fans of the Cincinnati Bengals might remember Gregg just as fondly as the Packers.

Gregg was hired as head coach of the Bengals in 1980 and led the team to a franchise record 12 wins and its first-ever Super Bowl appearance in 1981.

He is also credited with having a huge role in the team's decision to draft Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz, who would go on to become arguably the best offensive lineman in NFL history.

In addition to coaching the Bengals, Gregg had stints as head coach of the Packers, Cleveland Browns, and SMU Ponies.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Gregg's family and loved ones.