Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Obit: Former Packer Max McGee Dead At 75

Out Partying The Night Before, Not Expecting To Die

Former Green Bay Packer wide receiver Max McGee died this week, a result of an accident while clearing leaves from the roof of his home.

McGee, a little-used player for the powerhouse Packers of the early 1960's, rose to fame in the first Super Bowl, which saw the Packers crush the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, back in 1966.

Not expecting to see any action in the game, and after a night out-on-the-town, McGee was pressed into play after an injury to star receiver Boyd Dowler forced him to the sidelines.

McGee will live in posterity as the first person to score a Super Bowl touchdown, making a dazzling one-handed catch for a 37-yard TD. McGee went on to score another touchdown, ending the day with seven receptions for 138 yards.

Following his football career, Max McGee enjoyed success in developing restaurants and as a football television commentator.

According to a family friend, McGee was out partying the night before his death, getting virtually no sleep before attempting to clean the leaves from his roof.

"Max had no earthly idea he was going to die that day," said the friend.

Bonus Max McGee Links

Max McGee, former Packers receiver, dies at 75 in fall from roof

NFL Wire Notes | Green Bay teammates recall McGee

McGee Leads the Pack

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