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Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler Dies

Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler Dies

Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler Dies

A Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler died this week.

Hall of Famer Willie Wood passed away on Tuesday following a long battle with dementia.

The legend was 83 years old.

Wood was a USC star who was the first black quarterback in what would eventually become the Pac-12.

Despite being undrafted in 1960, he ultimately landed with the Packers as a free agent following a successful tryout.

Wood switched from offense to defense with Green Bay, and ended up starting at free safety from 1960 to 1971.

During that stretch he earned eight Pro Bowl nods, five All-Pro nods, four second-team all pro nods and helped the Packers win two Super Bowls.

For the past 13 years, Wood was confined to an assistant living facility due to his deteriorating condition.

Wood is survived by two sons and one daughter.

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