Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85

Forrest Gregg, a Hall of Fame lineman for the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s whom Green Bay’s Vince Lombardi called the “finest player I ever coached,” died Friday. He was 85.

Barbara Gregg said her husband of 59 years died in Colorado Springs, Colo., from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Gregg, who earned the nickname “Iron Man” for playing in a then-record 188 consecutive games during his career, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in October 2011. He embarked on a campaign to raise public awareness about the incurable disease.

His family and his neurologist said the disease may have been related to numerous concussions he suffered during his playing career in the 1950s at SMU, and from 1956-71 with the Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

A guard and tackle, Gregg is one of four NFL players to win six NFL titles, including the first two Super Bowls with the Packers. Gregg finished his career with another Super Bowl title with the Cowboys in 1971. The six-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler was named to the NFL’s all-decade team of the 1960s and to its 75th anniversary team, as well as the Hall of Fame in 1977.

He went on to coach in the NFL for 11 years with the Browns (1975-77), Bengals (1980-83) and Packers (1984-87).

• Former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Walter White has died of complications from pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 67.

White played five years with the Chiefs, retiring after the 1979 season. In 1976, White finished among the top 10 in the NFL in receiving yards and touchdown receptions.

• The New York Giants signed wide receiver Sterling Shepard to a four-year contract extension through 2023. Details of the deal were not announced, but Shepard is expected to earn $41 million.

• The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2024 valued at $64 million.

College basketball: Auburn coach Bruce Pearl agreed to a five-year contract through the 2023-24 season. Pearl led the Tigers to their first Final Four and a SEC tournament title this past season.

• Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones has resigned eight months after police said he punched a New York tourist who later died. Jones had been on leave since Aug. 10 and has pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault.

College hockey: UMass defenseman Cale Makar, who will go for the national title Saturday at the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top player.

Selected with the fourth pick by Colorado in the 2017 NHL draft, Makar didn’t rule out the possibility of joining the Avalanche next week for their first-round playoff series against Calgary.

Motor sports: Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race in Richmond Raceway in Virginia.

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