Not many of us may know the name of Dick Afflis, but some of us may remember Dick the Bruiser. Afflis was the player who signed with the Packers on this date in team history – he played four years as a tackle on both sides of the ball, never missing a game.
However, when he retired, he became Dick the Bruiser, and joined the professional wrestling ranks.
Here’s his story as provided by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame:
Packers Sign a Bruiser
June 4, 1954 - Green Bay Packers coach Liz Blackbourn announces that William (Dick) Afflis has signed his contract for the upcoming season. A rookie in 1951, Afflis plays both ways at tackle and does not miss a game (48 straight) in his four years with the Packers. In 1954, Afflis registers the only interception of his career on a throw from the Steelers’ Jim Finks in the season opener. Afflis goes on to become a well-known grappler, wrestling under the name of Dick the Bruiser.
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