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I always thought Forrest would be the one to get the Pack back on the championship track after Bart came up short. He was a stolid disciplinarian, scary looking at times with that look of determination like he ready to grab a helmet. He ended up to be just what the Bengals needed at the time. But his Packer coaching tenure did bring us the infamous Charles Martin body slam of Jim McMahon. Sorry to see him go. 

fightphoe93 posted:

I'd say the highlight for Forrest as a coach at GB was the end of the '84 season. They finished 7-1 to end the year and I thought for sure they would take that momentum and carry it over to '85 for a huge year, but it didn't work out that way.

RIP Forrest, did a lot of impressive things when he wasn't coaching the Packers. 

Thanks for recalling that season, 'phoe
I remember we started out 1-7, and there was the typical grumbling, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.
But that second half of the, we were on fire! It was very enjoyable and exciting, and it made me the Pack finally back?

RIP for a great Packer.

What a freaking terrible thing to wake up to.  I feel somewhat ashamed admitting this as a grown man, but when I heard Forrest had passed, I teared up a little bit.

I don't give a damn what he did or didn't accomplish as a Head Coach with the Packers. Not anymore. It was frustrating as a young teen sitting at County Stadium watching the Packers suffer through years of mediocrity, yes, but what he did on the field during the Lombardi years, even though it all sadly happened before I was born, secured his place in Packer lore forever. His failure as Head Coach in Green Bay doesn't diminish his accomplishments, or the kind of man he was.

Over the years, stories have popped up about Forrest Gregg on the news down here where I live, as he's an SMU legend. The guy was respected as a leader on the field, and a man with a good heart off of it. Bengals players he coached are singing his praises, as they should. He might have had a strong work ethic coming to Green Bay, but it's little surprise that one of Lombardi's "guys" was a disciplinarian in Cincy. Anthony Munoz, one of the greatest left tackles to ever play the game, revered Gregg.

Parkinson's is a bleeping terrible disease. 

RIP, Forrest. I'm sure that Vince and the other guys were there to greet you at the pearly gates. 


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