In his book “Run to Daylight”, Vince Lombardi said that “Forrest Gregg is the finest player I ever coached!”
That is indeed high praise, coming from the coach who now has his name on the Super Bowl trophy.
Gregg deserved that acclamation. In his career in the NFL, Gregg was named to nine Pro Bowl teams and was named first-team All-Pro seven times.
No. 75 also played on six NFL championship teams, five with the Green Bay Packers (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 & 1967) and one in his final year in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (1971).
Gregg was also athletic enough to play guard when needed due to injuries, like he did in both 1961 and 1965.
Jerry Kramer played next to Gregg at right guard for his entire career in Green Bay. Kramer reflected about the play of Gregg over that time.
“Great consistency,” Kramer said. “I was on the same wavelength as Forrest. Our whole offensive line was really.
“For instance, sometimes a linebacker would look like he was about to shoot through the gap between us. I would say, ‘Forrest’, and he knew immediately I would pick up the guy. Or perhaps Forrest would say, ‘Jerry’, and he would pick up the guy instead.”
Gregg was a true technician according to Kramer.
“Forrest was a position player,” Kramer said. “He wasn’t a guy who was going to knock you down particularly. But he was always in position. He would work himself to the side that he needed to be on and he would keep the defensive player away from the action.
“I can’t recall Forrest ever making a mistake. He was just very consistent and he played at a very high-level all the time.”
That level of play put Gregg into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.