NFL Hall of Famer, Dallas Cowboy, SMU Coach Forrest Gregg Passes Away

Alan Scaia
April 12, 2019 - 12:08 pm
Forrest Gregg

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CINCINNATI (KRLD) - NFL Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg has passed away. Gregg was 85.

Gregg was born in Birthright, Texas, north of Sulphur Springs. Gregg went to Sulphur Springs High School and graduated from SMU in 1955.

He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and played 14 seasons with Green Bay. He returned to Texas, playing one season with the Dallas Cowboys before retiring.

After his retirement, Gregg became the coach of the San Diego Chargers' offensive line, then the coach of the Cleveland Browns' offensive line. He became the Cleveland Browns' head coach in 1975.

Gregg would become the Cincinnati Bengals' head coach for three seasons, starting in 1980, and he coached the Green Bay Packers from 1984 through 1987.

"When you look at Forrest Gregg's life and career, it is synonymous with football," says Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Mac Engel. "Not just football, but football at the very highest level because his influence and impact on the game are just everywhere."

Gregg left Green Bay and agreed to return to SMU as head football coach after the school cancelled two seasons. NCAA forced SMU to cancel its 1987 football season because of recruitment violations. The school decided to cancel the following season, as well, because it would not be able to field a team.

"He decided to do his alma-mater a favor, and that may have been one of the hardest jobs ever in the history of Division I football," Engel says. "He decided to do right by his alma-mater. I think his legacy is so synonymous with the Packers, but don't forget he had a significant contribution to his alma mater and SMU, and to football in the State of Texas, too."

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