MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 1960’s legendary Green Bay Packers guard, Fred “Fuzzy” Thurston, passed away on Sunday, December 14th. Thurston died after battling health issues for several years — he was 80 years old.
“The Packers Family was saddened today to learn of the passing of Fuzzy Thurston. Fuzzy was an endearing figure for Packers fans for more than 50 years, going back to his all-pro playing days and continuing through his rousing welcomes at Lambeau Field as a favorite alum. Our sincere condolences go out to Fuzzy’s family,” said Packers President/CEO, Mark Murphy.
As a key member of the Packers’ offensive line under coach Vince Lombardi, Thurston was a crucial compnent of the team’s famous power sweep, which helped the Packers win five NFL titles in the 1960’s.
Counting his success with Baltimore in 1958, Thurston was a member of six NFL championship teams, including the first two Super Bowl-winning Packers squads. Over his nine Packers seasons 1959-1967. Thurston played in 112 games and was named first-team All-Pro in 1961.
Thurston was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.