Ray Nitschke

Middle Linebacker

Ray Nitschke

15 seasons
25 career interceptions
3 All-NFL selections

15

seasons

25

career interceptions

3

All-NFL selections
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"I’m not the biggest guy or the strongest guy either. I have to make up for lack of size with aggressiveness. I’ve always learned that the best way to play the game is to hit your opponent a little harder than he hits you. It’s self-preservation.”

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(Illinois)...6'3'', 235...Raymond Ernest Nitschke. . .No. 3 draft pick, 1958. . .First Green Bay defender from 1960s to be enshrined. . . Exceptional team leader, tough, strong, fast. . .Savage defender on rushes, cat-like quick against passes. . . Named NFL's all-time top linebacker, 1969. . .All-NFL three years. . . Intercepted pass for TD in 1964 Pro Bowl. . .Had 25 career interceptions. . . MVP in 1962 NFL title game. . .Born December 29, 1936, in Elmwood Park, Illinois. . . Died March 8, 1998, at age of 61.