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Ray Nitschke almost takes it to the house

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Ray Nitschke almost takes it to the house

I just love this.

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Lare's picture

Ray was tough, but as we can see he wasn't the fastest guy on the field. Would have liked to see him score though.

Tundraboy's picture

That was at the end of his career. How many players could have done that. He was a one legged player at that point.

IceBowl's picture

I watched him finish a game badly hobbled. Wouldn't go out. I would take him over Ditka any day.

Old School's picture

I remember this game. It was his last season....that's why an HOF linebacker is on the field goal unit.

PatrickGB's picture

Loved the man. He started out as RB but was a better fit at LB in Green Bay’s defense under Lombardi. Thanks for the clip.

Since '61's picture

Ray was a fullback in his college days. He remains the best defensive player the Packers have ever had and one of my all time favorite players.

As a long distance fan I relied on my subscription to Ray Nitschke’s Packer report as a primary source of Packer news and information. Then the Internet came along and Jersey Al’s AllGBP and here we are.

Thanks Aaron for the great clip. Since ‘61

A Pickled Packer's picture

61, I used to get the Packer Report too, it was the only way outside of Wisconsin to get any Packers news and would get giddy when I saw it in the mail. I think I still have a stack because i never threw them out. BTW, in the spirit of transparency and full disclosure you knew me as Fordham Ram but like our former coach the name got old and stale so I came up with something light after I tried to do the tongue twister Peter Piper picked a pack of... and out came pickled packers.

theoz49's picture

Do you have the issue where the editors mentioned their Dewey Decimal Football league ? I read that and developed our fantasy football league after theirs. This was in 1979 ! We had our league from 1979 to 2016 with essentially the same guys ! What fun !! Fantasy Football has exploded since then. I think we were the forefathers, thanks to Packer Report !

jannes bjornson's picture

He played Both ways at Illinois, but was drafted as a LB.

Gort's picture

I got my copies of Packer Report via air mail, but sometimes it arrived 3 weeks late! Best I could expect while on a US Navy ship and half a world away.

Later, I sent a letter to the Bears Report and found a Bears fan living in Green Bay. He taped Packer's games for me and I taped Bears games for him from Illinois. We swapped VHS tapes that way for a few years.

A Pickled Packer's picture

Since we are showing some nice old footage Nags, in memory of my hero who just passed I would like to post this revamped documentary I just found on the ice bowl. It held my attention from start to finish. Unfortunately, the link won't post, but it's on YOUtube and it's a beaute.

Tundraboy's picture

Guy was heart personified. Even at the the very end.

PackfanNY's picture

I used to get the Packer Report. I was about 10 or 11 years old. Mailman would see me waiting each week. He asked what I was waiting for. I told him the Packer Report! After that he would always hand it to separate from all the other mail. The issues were always a week behind. On a hot summer day in Queens, NY over some kool aid we would go over the result and Ray’s editorial opinion. I swear the mailman became a Packer fan. Rarely seeing the Pack on tv this was the only way to get news and information and create a picture. Times sure have changed.

Tundraboy's picture

In that regard for the better. At that time we were lucky to get a paragraph in the CT and NYC papers on the game the following day. Sometimes not even that.

PackfanNY's picture

Summary was something like Dickey hit Lofton with a 25 yard TD toss as Packers triumphed. Then nothing.
No box score, passing stats, rushing stats. Nothing. Always left you wondering what happened.

Spock's picture

PackerfanNY, Careful about that "kool aid" comment; it could be used against you by some on this forum, lol. :)

PackfanNY's picture

LOL.. I actually thought about it before I wrote it. So, I drank the kool aid! What can I say it’s the literal truth.
In the 70s that stuff ruled. Almost like drinking sugar straight up. Hey I was 10. :)

sam1's picture

Any of you ever meet Nitschke in real life? I did and that is all I will say! I was a bartender where he came to few times!

Old School's picture

He had a promotions deal with Hardees so I saw him a couple of times there. Once coming off the practice field in July he shook my hand. He had a waterfall of sweat trickling off that nose and his fingers looked like bratwurst next to my 11 year old hand.

My favorite Packer of all time, no doubt. But best defensive player ever? I'd have to think about that. I thought Willie Wood and Charles Woodson were real good defenders for us. Willie Davis and Herb Adderly too. Reggie White? I'm not sure I'm going to be able to pick a #1 there.

jannes bjornson's picture

Raymond set the tone and delivered the goods all the time. He was good in pass coverage, too.

LeotisHarris's picture

Old School, are you sure it wasn't Chip's? I can remember the commercials "I'm Ray Nitschke, and I chomp a Chip's Champ every day." Not sure if the franchise is still around, but there was one near Chippewa Falls up until the 1980s.

I heard his wife, Jackie, speak at a banquet years ago. Rough tough man for sure on the field, but also a kind and caring husband who helped her to a life of sobriety.

Demon's picture

I grew up in Chippewa falls but i think the chips closed well before 1980. The franchise is still around. I was very surprised to see one a couple years ago in Wisconsin Rapids. Although the Chips family pack was long gone. 10 hamburgers, a pound of fries and 10 cokes for 2$ Those were the days!

BoCallahan's picture

Sam1,
I shared a story months ago on here of my time with 66. Here is a very short version of it: I made a delivery to his house. He invited me in for lunch. I insisted that I had to go but he wouldn’t hear of it. He barked out, “Sit down and eat, they won’t fire you.”He made macaroni & cheese and we drank cokes. He showed me a large portrait of himself in his uniform hanging over the fireplace. He was rough and tough but gentle and kind.
True Story

PackfanNY's picture

Awesome story. Thank you for sharing. Somehow that is exactly how I pictured him.

MNPackersFan's picture

I met him at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans. He was staying in my hotel (along with a lot of other players). We rode the elevator together twice! He signed my Packers hat and it is in a special spot on my shelf. He was extremely nice but could nearly walk. I enjoyed meeting him almost as much as I enjoyed going to the Super Bowl and seeing the Packers win!

IceBowl's picture

He was the defensive player of the era.

oldpointer's picture

My favorite Packer as a youth. I wear his jersey for all of the televised Packers' games I can get here in Oregon. 66 was a tad slow but always tough. Just like me ... minus the tough part.

Sir Charles's picture

Ray was my favorite for years. He was a great man. I read his book years ago. He died too soon, I was shocked and to this day I wish I could have met him. I never forgave Dan for benching Ray. Ray was slow but with his experience he was always in position to make a play.

NitschkeFan's picture

Thanks for the video clip. As a young boy he was my favourite player and I think my childhood memories of him formed my definition of “toughness”.

Thanks to YouTube we can find some old clips that take us old-timers back to childhood.

IceBowl's picture

NitschkeFan,

Hey, did you just change your name? :-)

My favorite D player. Almost never a mistake. Glad he was a packer.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

When Dick Butkus got on the bus you gave him your seat, but when Ray Nitschke got on the bus everyone got off !!

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