FORREST GREGG

FORREST GREGG

Class of 1977
Tackle, Guard >>> 6-4, 249
(Southern Methodist)
1956, 1958-1970 Green Bay Packers, 1971 Dallas Cowboys

Alvis Forrest Gregg. . .No. 2 draft pick, 1956. . .Lombardi called him "best player I ever coached". . .Versatile, durable, hard-working, intelligent. . . Played guard in emergencies. . . Played in 188 straight games, 1956-1971. . . All-NFL eight straight years, 1960-1967. . . Played in nine Pro Bowls. . . Played on seven NFL championship teams, three Super Bowl winners. . . Born October 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas.

During the 15 seasons that he played in the National Football League, Forrest Gregg could have been described as one of the best ever to play his position in the history of the game. A native Texan, Forrest starred in college at Southern Methodist and was the Green Bay Packers' No. 2 draft pick in 1956.

Even though, at 6-4 and 249 pounds, he was considered small for the job, he was ticketed from the start for the offensive right tackle position. Realizing that he would never be able to overpower the monstrous defensive left ends that would be pouring in on him, Forrest went right to work learning how to finesse them. He spent countless hours watching coaches’ films of the most noted stars. It wasn't long before he knew the moves of every opponent and had perfected ways to combat them.

Forrest earned an "iron-man" tag by playing in a then league record 188 consecutive games from 1956 until 1971, his final season which he spent with the Super Bowl bound Dallas Cowboys. As the Packers grew in stature in the 1960s, so too did Gregg. He won All-NFL acclaim eight straight years from 1960 through 1967 and was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls.

In 1961 and again in 1965, when injuries created a crisis on the Packers’ offensive line, Gregg willingly switched to guard to fill the void. In 1965, one major wire service named him an All-NFL at guard, the other picked him as its all-league tackle. A most fitting tribute came from the late Vince Lombardi who was blessed with many great stars during the dynasty years in Green Bay. But Vince, in his book, "Run to Daylight," stated simply: "Forrest Gregg is the finest player I ever coached!"

Year

Team

G

1956 Green Bay

11

1958 Green Bay

12

1959 Green Bay

12

1960 Green Bay

12

1961 Green Bay

14

1962 Green Bay

14

1963 Green Bay

14

1964 Green Bay

14

1965 Green Bay

14

1966 Green Bay

14

1967 Green Bay

14

1968 Green Bay

14

1969 Green Bay

14

1970 Green Bay

14

1971 Dallas

6

Career Total

193

Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 2-21, Fumble Recoveries: 8
Full Name: Alvis Forrest Gregg

Birthdate: October 18, 1933

Birthplace: Birthright, Texas

High School: Sulphur Springs (Texas)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame:
January 8, 1977

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 30, 1977

Presenter: Marie Lombardi, Widow of Vince Lombardi

Other Members of Class of 1977: Frank Gifford, Gale Sayers, Bart Starr, Bill Willis

Pro Career:
15 seasons, 193 games

Drafted: 2nd round (20th player overall) in 1956 by Green Bay Packers

Uniform Number: 75, (79)

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