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Unknown-1George Cumby

The 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker from Gorman, Texas, and Oklahoma, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (26th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. He played six seasons in Green Bay (1980-85) and finished out the final two seasons of his career in Buffalo and Philadelphia.

In 80 games with the Packers, Cumby had only 4.5 sacks, but did have five interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

However, it was Cumby who took the pasting by Chicago Bears defensive tackle William Perry in that forgettable 1985 season when the Bears won the Super Bowl. Cumby and the Packers were left in the wake.

Not only did Perry power his way into the end zone – through and over Cumby – he also beat Cumby for a touchdown pass in another game later that same year. It was a low point in Packers history and one of the highest for the Bears.


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