Another member of the great Vince Lombardi-era Packers has passed away
Hall of fame defensive end Willie Davis died yesterday at the age of 85. Davis was one of the great pass rushers of his time and would likely be the Packers’ all-time sack leader if sacks were considered a statistic during his playing days (officially, Clay Matthews is the all-time sack leader).
Davis to this day still holds the team record for recovered fumbles with 21 and was one of the great athletes of his time. Vince Lombardi knew immediately how good he could be and as usually was the case with the legendary coach, he was right.
After football, Davis served on the Packers’ board of directors and memorably was the team’s honorary captain for the 2010 NFC Championship game against the Chicago Bears. He also owned multiple radio stations throughout the Midwest and California.
Davis was a legend on and off the field and he will truly be missed. Today we dedicate the majority of curds to his memory.
Lombardi knew good players when he saw them and knew he had a great one in Davis. The man had talent, intelligence and compassion. A true legend in every sense of the word.
Davis was roommates with fellow hall of famer Jerry Kramer, a notable achievement during the high racial tensions of the 1960s. It’s been said Lombardi never saw color: he saw only men and football players and his players emulated that point of view. It’s a lesson a lot of people still need to learn today.
Kramer paid tribute to a “hell of a pal” remembering how they bonded over a “common language.”
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