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RIP Fuzzy Thurston

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  RIP Fuzzy Thurston
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Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:39 PM Post
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Didn't see it mentioned elsewhere on the forum, but RIP Fuzzy Thurston, who passed away in Green Bay a couple days ago. His playing days were well before my time, so I probably can't fully appreciate his place in Packer lore, but I enjoyed a superficial connection with him being an alumnus of Valparaiso University. He's one of only two NFL players to ever come out of our tiny ol' Valpo, as far as I know, and clearly the most distinguished. He also hails from Altoona WI, outside Chippewa Falls, an area of the state to which I've travelled countless times to visit family.

So, the man has a special place in my heart beyond just his heralded NFL/Packers career and his enshrinement in the Packers Hall of Fame. RIP.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/sports/football/fuzzy-thurston-an-ex-packer-dies-at-80-was-a-big-broom-in-the-great-sweep-play.html

Incredible tidbit from the article:
"[Thurston] graduated from Altoona High School, where there was no football team, and went to Valparaiso University in Indiana on a basketball scholarship. He did not play football until his junior year."


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Posted: December 18, 2014, 6:45 AM Post
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We're losing the great ones faster now. These next five to ten years are going to be gut wrenching. Let's embrace them while we still have a chance.

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Posted: December 18, 2014, 12:40 PM Post
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I have to admit that I don't know these legends well either. Starr and Gregg I knew more as coaches and never as players.

I do have a great deal of respect for Bart Starr as a man, however. Hopefully, he can recover from his stroke.

RIP Fuzzy


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Posted: December 20, 2014, 4:25 PM Post
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Was anyone else at the Jim Rome live show at the Dane County coliseum ~15 years ago? Of all of the guests that day, Fuzzy got the biggest pop. Just goes to show, when you appreciate your opportunity and embrace the fans and the community, you turn into a legend. And legends never die.

RIP Fuzzy


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