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Forrest Gregg, Former Dallas Cowboy, SMU Mustang Dies

Gregg played college football at SMU and was on Dallas Cowboys team that won Super Bowl VI in 1972

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    Forrest Gregg, Former Dallas Cowboy, SMU Mustang Dies
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    Forrest Gregg of Green Bay Packers, as seen in this 1964 portrait.

    Forrest Gregg, the great lineman for the mighty Green Bay Packers of the 1960s whom Vince Lombardi called the "best player I ever coached," has died. He was 85.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced his death Friday but did not disclose details.

    Gregg played college football at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He later was head coach for the Mustangs and was eventually served as athletic director until 1994.

    A member of the Hall of Fame, Gregg starred at tackle and guard. He played on six NFL/NFC championship teams and three Super Bowl winners, including Super Bowl VI with the Dallas Cowboys in 1972. He was elected to the NFL's all-decade team of the 1960s and its 75th anniversary team.

    He went on to coach in the NFL for 11 years. Gregg coached Cleveland (1975-77), Cincinnati (1980-83) and Green Bay (1984-87). He guided the Bengals to their first Super Bowl during the 1981 season.

    Gregg began his NFL career in 1956 and played a final season with the Cowboys in 1971.

    He entered the Hall of Fame in 1977. Its president, David Baker, described him as a "giant" who "exemplified greatness during a legendary career."

    "He was the type of player who led by example and, in doing so, raised the level of play of all those around him," Baker said in a statement. "Forrest symbolized many great traits and virtues that can be learned from this game to inspire people from all walks of life."

    The flag at the Hall will be flown at half-staff.

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