Former Green Bay Packers offensive guard Gale Gillingham, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, died two days ago at the age of 67, the team said.
The Packers didn’t disclose the cause of death. Gillingham’s son, Wade, said his father appeared to have a heart attack while lifting weights at his home in Little Falls, Minnesota, according to the Associated Press.
Gillingham played 128 regular-season games over 10 years for the Packers after he was drafted in the first round as the National Football League’s 13th overall pick in 1966.
“On a team with a notable history of outstanding offensive linemen, Gale stood out,” team President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy said in a statement.
Inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1982, Gillingham blocked for quarterback Bart Starr as the Packers claimed their first Super Bowl wins in 1967 and 1968. Starr became his coach in 1976.
“He had a great career,” Starr said in a statement on the team’s website. “I think he was uniquely dedicated and committed, and it’s hard to replace those two words. He was a great teammate.”
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