With the 42nd pick in the OTC All-Time NFL Draft, Dasher selects...
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Off the field, Nitschke was a tall, balding, intelligent, thoughtful and conservative businessman, complete with horn-rimmed glasses and traditional suit. But once he pulled a helmet over the bald head and removed his upper bridge, he became a ferocious, body-slamming middle linebacker. The 6-3, 235-pound Nitschke who entertained rabid Green Bay fans on Sunday afternoons had the strength, quickness, lateral speed and toughness to back up the toothless, animalistic aura he used to intimidate opponents.
To say he was the heart of the Packers defense during the teams glory years is an understatement. Nitschke inspired greatness in teammates with his all-out, never-say-die hustle, a never-wavering enthusiasm and a leader-by-example mentality. He played mean and his reputation as one of the greatest run-stuffing linebackers was well deserved. He also was a cat-like pass defender who rattled receivers and ran back 25 interceptions for 385 yards.
The image of a scowling Nitschke, with blood-spattered on his No. 66 uniform and white tape wrapped tightly around various parts of his body to hide and protect his numerous injuries, will live long in Green Bay football lore. Curiously, he was selected for only one Pro Bowl during his outstanding career. But he was named a linebacker on the NFL's 75th anniversary all-time team that was selected in 1994.
Pro Bowl selection (1964)
7x All-Pro selection (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969)
NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Green Bay Packers #66 Retired