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Cheese Curds, 4/15: Remembering Packers legend Forrest Gregg

We mourn the passing of a Lombardi legend; meanwhile, Matt LaFleur explains that he isn’t thinking about the recent reports of past turmoil in Green Bay.

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It has been a sad weekend for members of the 1960s-era Green Bay Packers. One of the best and most crucial members of the Vince Lombardi championship teams from that era passed away a few days ago. Forrest Gregg, the team’s stalwart right tackle for over a decade, dealt with Parkinson’s Disease for many years and has passed at the age of 85.

Gregg was every bit as important to those championship teams as anyone else, and his impact can be felt best by hearing what his teammates have to say about him. And while some of those teammates had to wait years before getting the call to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gregg’s career put him there in his first year of eligibility.

While we remember a legend, Packers fans also are looking ahead to the 2019 season. So too is new head coach Matt LaFleur, who finally weighed in for the first time on the recent drama surrounding his team, his quarterback, and his predecessor. If LaFleur is worried about any of that, he certainly isn’t showing it and he certainly won’t say so. Instead, he’s saying exactly what one would expect: that he’s focused on his own relationship with Aaron Rodgers rather than worrying at all about what happened in the past.

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