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Family, friends, fans remember Packers legend Fuzzy Thurston

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 Family, friends and fans filled Lambeau Field Friday to remember a Packers legend.

A special memorial service was held for former Packers guard Fuzzy Thurston, a member of the great Green Bay teams of the 1960s.  

"You know it's impossible to explain the relationship we have with a guy for 55 years, your family, your brother, your pal, your confidante, so many different moments, scrimmages, games, " said Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer.

Several of Thurston's former teammates spoke at the memorial.

"He was just a great guy. A great Wisconsinite. A great football player.  A great Green Bay Packer. And I think he truly loves, not just cared for, but I think he had a sincere love for the Packers, Wisconsin, and most of all, Green Bay, Wisconsin." said Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Robinson.
   
Thurston died at 80 years old after several years of health issues.

Born Fred Thurston, he was best known for his blocking on the Packers' famed power sweep. He helped Green Bay win five NFL championships. He also won a title with Baltimore in 1958.

Despite weighing less than 250 pounds, Thurston was a powerful force for the Packers, playing in 112 games. He retired in 1967 and was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 1975.

"For the next 40 plus years, Fuzzy was one of the warmest, most giving, and most popular former Packers we've had the good fortune to have known, " said Packers President Mark Murphy.



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