It’s natural to admire Fuzzy Thurston, the affable athlete. A key member of the Green Bay Packer’s vaunted sweep, the iconic left guard remains a face of the Green Bay franchise, referenced regularly by football coaches at every level for the fearless way he threw a block.
He earned six championship rings, one in 1958 as a member of the Baltimore Colts and five during the Packers’ Glory Years.
As he enters his ninth decade, though, Fuzzy evokes the kind of respect that transcends athleticism and it’s time to honor Fuzzy Thurston, the man.
His coach Vince Lombardi famously said, “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.”
By that measure, Fuzzy’s accomplishments continue to mount.
In 1980, cancer took his vocal chords, but not his voice and he continued his gregarious greetings through an electrolayrynx.
He bounced back from two hip replacements…