Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pete Johns, Don Paul, Jeff George Need a New Fourth

(Yes, there is a Pete Johns and a Don Paul. And a Jeff George.)

Anyway, an NFL Hall of Famer went to the great gridiron in the sky:

Jim Ringo, the perennial Pro Bowl center who was a key member of the Green Bay Packers' championship teams in 1961 and 1962 before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in a salary dispute, has died. He was 75. Ringo, who had been living in Chesapeake, Va., died Monday after a short illness, according to NFL Hall of Fame President Steve Perry. His wife, Judy, said he had been battling Alzheimer's disease since 1996 and most recently was being treated at a facility in Virginia Beach, Va.

His death came two days before his 76th birthday and nearly a month after the death of his former Packer teammate Max McGee, who died Oct. 21 from injuries in a fall at his suburban Minneapolis home. McGee was also 75. One of the most dominant offensive linemen of his era, the undersized Ringo was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round in 1953 after playing college ball at Syracuse. He played in the NFL for 15 years -- 11 with the Packers and four with the Eagles -- and was named to 10 Pro Bowl teams. From 1954 to 1967, he played in a then-record 182 consecutive games.
I think I speak for everyone when I say I hope he doesn't have a feminist daughter married to fellow HOF'er Bart Starr's son. Otherwise...

[LA Times]

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