Former Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame offensive tackle Forrest Gregg will be honored Monday, April 8, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, as part of the “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a program sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company.In addition to being a high school standout in Sulphur Springs, Gregg went on to star at Southern Methodist University and was a second round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers where he went on to be part of a franchise that dominated the 1960s.Gregg was described by Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi as “the finest player” he had ever coached.Lombardiave.com has an exclusive interview with Forrest Gregg on Friday afternoon and will bring all our readers up to date with what Coach Gregg has to say about being honored in his hometown and what he thinks about football these days.In the meantime, here is a press release that describes the “Hometown Heroes” program …Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company to Honor Forrest Gregg as “Hometown Hall of Famer™” at Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs, TX
Canton, Ohio – April 1, 2013 – Pro football legend Forrest Gregg will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Sulphur Springs, TX, on Monday, April 8, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Forrest Gregg and Sulphur Springs High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Sulphur Springs.”Gregg, a former high school standout at Sulphur Springs High School, will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 2:45 p.m. CT on Monday, April 8, at Hopkins County Civic Center. The plaque will live permanently at Sulphur Springs High School to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes. The presentation will be made by Karen Spehar, Gregg’s daughter, and local radio personality, Bill Bradford.“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Sulphur Springs is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by Sulphur Springs High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Gregg’s family members and close friends. Mike Lamb Superintendent of Sulphur Springs Independent School District will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Forrest Gregg “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Sulphur Springs.After high school, Gregg went on to play football at Southern Methodist University.Gregg was a second-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1956 NFL Draft. Gregg earned an “iron-man” tag by playing in a then league record 188 consecutive games from 1956 until 1971, his final season which he spent with the Super Bowl bound Dallas Cowboys. As the Packers grew in stature in the 1960s, so too did Gregg. He was a key player on the Packers dynasty that won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls in the 1960s. He also won All-NFL acclaim eight straight years from 1960 through 1967, was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls and was heralded by Head Coach Vince Lombardi as “the finest player I ever coached!”Gregg was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.