Packers history: Ray Nitschke goes for 15 years

The late great Ray Nitschke is an icon among so many great players who have worn the green and gold of the Green Bay Packers.

On this date in 1972, Nitschke signed a contract for a 15th season with the team.

Courtesy of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, this post describes how Nitschke signed his final contract with the team after returning from a vacation in Hawaii.

Enjoy …


Ray Goes For 15
Ray Nitschke 

May 10, 1972 – Ray Nitschke, already the senior most defensive player in Packers history, signs a contract to play a 15th season with the team. The veteran middle linebacker inks his new pact after returning from a vacation in Hawaii. “He’s in excellent condition and has a great attitude,” Packers coach Dan Devine says. “We feel he can make a great contribution to the team next year. People like Nitschke and (Bart) Starr are an inspiration and example to our younger people.” Nitschke’s last year with Green Bay is memorable as the Packers finish 10-4 and make the playoffs for the first time in five years.

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