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Former Packers DE Clarence "Sweeny" Williams dies at age 70

One of the Packers' starting defensive linemen from their 1970s squads passed away on May 8.

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A member of the 1970s Green Bay Packers passed away earlier this month. According to a team press release, former defensive end Clarence "Sweeny" Williams died on May 8.

Though Williams never played for Vince Lombardi, he did intersect with a legendary member of the Packers' golden era. Before the 1970 season, Hall of Fame defensive back Herb Adderley threatened retirement if the team did not trade him. General manager Phil Bengston decided to acquiesce to Adderley's demands, dealing the corner to the Dallas Cowboys for Williams and offensive lineman Malcolm Walker.

Williams went on to play nearly a decade in Green Bay, nearly all as a full-time starter. Though the NFL did not maintain sacks as an official statistic until 1982, the Packers media guide states that Williams lead the team with nine sacks in 1972, doing so again two seasons later with six.

Over eight seasons, Williams appeared in 111 games, starting 94 of them. He finished his career with eight forced fumbles, one recovery, and one interception.