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Fred Thurston
Date of birth: December 29, 1933 (1933-12-29) (age 76)
Place of birth: Altoona, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: Valparaiso
NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 5 / Pick 54
(By the Philadelphia Eagles)
 As player:
Baltimore Colts
Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Honors: AP 1st Team All-Pro (1961)

AP 2nd Team All-Pro (1962)
Packers Hall of Fame

Playing stats at

Frederick Charles "Fuzzy" Thurston (born December 29, 1933 in Altoona, Wisconsin) is a former American football guard in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers. Thurston attended Valparaiso University.

He was a key member of the Packers' offensive line during the team's glory years from 1959 through 1967 under coach Vince Lombardi, when they won five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls. Often paired with fellow guard Jerry Kramer, he led the Packers' vaunted power sweep running attack. Thurston was named to the 1961 and 1962 All-Pro teams. [1] Prior to joining the Packers, Thurston played the 1958 season with the NFL champion Baltimore Colts. Along with two former Packer teammates - Herb Adderley and Forrest Gregg - Thurston is one of only three players in pro football history to play on six World Championship teams. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in January 1975.

Among his many famous quotes is his response to a sportswriter's question about how he prepared for the famous Ice Bowl game, where the gametime temperature was 13 degrees below zero. Thurston's response was "about 10 vodkas."[2]

Fuzzy Thurston has remained popular in Green Bay after his playing days and can often be found at "Fuzzy's," a bar he owns not far from Lambeau Field.


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