This Day in Football: December 29

Green Bay Packers, Tales from the Vault, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

Green Bay legend Ray Nitschke was born on this day in 1936. He was a Packer through-and-through, playing middle linebacker for the team his entire career.

Nitschke anchored the Green Bay defense that won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls. He was named MVP of the 1962 NFL Championship Game, and though he was known as a bruising hitter, he also recorded 25 interceptions in his career.

Nitschke was a staple at the Pro Football Hall of Fame after being inducted in 1978, and when he passed away in 1998, this tribute from “Distant Replay” was presented in his honor:

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