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Legendary Green Bay Packers Safety Willie Wood Dies at 83

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Willie Wood (AP Photo)

Willie Wood, a Hall of Fame safety for the Green Bay Packers who was named to the NFL’s 1960’s all-decade team, died on Monday in Washington D.C. He was 83

Wood’s crucial interception in Super Bowl I helped turn a close game into a rout and led the Green Bay Packers to a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

“The Green Bay Packers Family lost a legend today with the passing of Willie Wood,” Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “Willie’s success story, rising from an undrafted rookie free agent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is an inspiration to generations of football fans. While his health challenges kept him from returning to Lambeau Field in recent years, his alumni weekend visits were cherished by both Willie and our fans. We extend our deepest condolences to Willie’s family and friends.”

Wood was an All-Pro for five straight years and was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times. He won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers under Coach Vince Lombardi.