Older brothers Robert Jr. (age 21) and Richard (age 17) decided they would raise Ray on their own. Nitschke entered Proviso High School in Maywood shortly before his mother’s death. The Harder Side: 49ers fullback Joe Perry once ran over Bednarik's right bicep with his cleats, ripping the muscle from the bone. [6], Nitschke entered Proviso High School in Maywood shortly before his mother's death. Lombardi gave partial credit to Nitschke's success to Nitschke's wife, whose calming influence helped him focus on his career. He was a beloved member of the Packers organization throughout his career and into retirement. He even annoys Randle. He died in Florida of a massive heart attack, the Packers said.Nitschke's daughter, Amy Klaas, said she and her 17-month-old daughter, Jacqueline, had been visiting with her father at his winter home in Naples, Fla., and they were driving to … 3 Baylor serve as a preview of spring NCAA volleyball championship? Nitschke never wore a face mask and one of the Buckeye player’s helmets hit him in the mouth knocking out two teeth initially, the other two were hanging by the roots. I'm fine!" Nutritional Supplements: Steak for breakfast, hamburgers throughout the day. On December 17, 1972, the 9-4 Packers traveled to New Orleans to play the 1-11-1 Saints at Tulane Stadium for Nitschke’s last regular-season game of his career. pic.twitter.com/vf59f532Sw. © Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nitschke wore number 66 his entire career with the Packers. Uiagalelei, aka Big 5inco, Biggest ACC game in five years, BYU's ascent and college football's newest heel, Why Davante Adams turned out better than all of Packers' 'special' receivers, How 49ers' Jason Verrett worked his way back to the field with a little bit of (Nipsey) Hussle, Werner establishing himself as a force at Chelsea, Rescue me! Nitschke was the leader and captain of the Packers defense throughout the entire 1960s. GREEN BAY, WI — Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the 2020 NFL Draft will be held entirely online as top executives and NFL prospects conduct the high-profile event from the comfort of their own homes. [12] It included three other significant Packers of the 1960s, linebacker Dan Currie of Michigan State (3rd overall), fullback Jim Taylor of LSU (15th overall) and right guard Jerry Kramer of Idaho (39th overall). Never a good student in high school, his grades suffered at college. On the opening kick off against Ohio State in Columbus, Nitschke paid a high price for not wearing a face mask. Reggie White retired before halftime, and Gilbert Brown is just another bad fat … Somewhere about now, Ray Nitschke is gnashing both of his teeth. In Super Bowl II, Nitschke led Green Bay’s defense with nine tackles. Not only is Ray Nitschke one of the best LB’s in NFL history, he had an act at making something out of nothing. [1] He had been driving to the home of a family friend, according to his daughter, Amy Klaas, who was with him when he was stricken. The Madness (On-Field): On Dec. 11, 1971, with three minutes remaining in a game between the Colts and the Dolphins in Baltimore (which the Colts won, 14-3), Don Ennis, a 5'11", 190-pound 30-year-old Colts fan from Rochester, N.Y., decided he'd run onto the field and take the game ball, which he succeeded in doing, just as the Colts' defensive huddle broke. Puplis advised him to accept a football scholarship. He proved to be a very skilled player and tackler as a linebacker, so much so that, by his senior year, Paul Brown considered him the best linebacker in college football. He succeeded in raising his grades sufficiently enough in his sophomore year to allow him to play sports his junior year, when he had grown significantly (to six feet tall). While at Illinois, Nitschke smoked, drank heavily, and fought at the drop of a hat. Nitschke was drafted in the third round of the 1958 NFL draft by the Packers, and he never looked back. As for Ray Nitschke, you could never question where his allegiance stood. A ravening beast on the field, Nitschke was genteel and soft-spoken off it. There’s barely any loyalty around the league anymore. On the Packers' practice field on September 1, a 1,000-pound (450 kg) steel coaching tower was blown over by a strong gust of wind, on top of Nitschke. He thought that was a privilege. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in NFL history thanks in large part to Nitschke. [11] NFL career. [8] Nitschke was also offered scholarships from college football programs around the country. [10], In his junior year in 1956 against Ohio State, Nitschke lost his four front teeth on the opening kick-off. Green Bay lost on the road to the Washington Redskins, 16-3, in the first round of the playoffs. After he recovered, the doctors told him he could not play football again for eight weeks. Nitschke recorded the only pass reception of his career in this game, a 34-yard gain after a blocked field goal attempt for which he was blocking, and the Packers won the game, 30-20. they had clinched the NFC Central division title the week before, their first playoff berth since Super Bowl II.