By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis has passed away. He was 85.
The Green Bay Packers confirmed Davis’ passing on Wednesday. He passed away in Santa Monica, California.
An official cause of death has not been confirmed. However, his wife, Carol, to the Packers that Davis had been hospitalized for kidney failure.
“The Green Bay Packers family was saddened [on Wednesday] to learn about the passing of Willie Davis,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. “One of the great defensive players of his era, Willie was a significant contributor to the Packers’ five NFL Championship teams during the 1960s.
“I enjoyed getting to know Willie and his wife, Carol, especially when he served as our honorary captain for the 2020 NFL Championship game and Super Bowl 45, and again for the 2014 NFC Championship game. He also was a great role model for our players, having gone on to a very successful career after football and serving on the Packers Board of Directors.”
Davis was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 181st overall pick in the 15th round of the 1956 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with the Browns and 10 seasons with the Packers.
He was a five-time Pro Bowl in his career. In addition, he was a five-time All-Pro.
Besides winning the five NFL Championships, he also won two Super Bowls with the Packers.
In his NFL career, he appeared in 162 games, including 142 starts.
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