THURSTON, FRED "FUZZY"

FRED “FUZZY” THURSTON

Inducted:  May 2, 1982 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  December 29, 1933 in Altoona, WI

High School Attended:  Altoona                                    Graduated:  1951

High School Honors:  All-Conference 1950-1951; Most Valuable Player and team captain 1951.

College Attended:  Valparaiso University                       Graduated:  1956

College Honors:  Most Valuable Player in conference and team captain; arrived at Valparaiso intending to play basketball; never played football until a junior at VU.

Professional Athletic Background:  Drafted 4th by Philadelphia 1955; played for Chicago Bears and 2 seasons with the Baltimore Colts prior to joining the Green Bay Packers in 1959, retiring at the end of the 1968 season.

Professional Athletic Honors:  All-Pro 1961 and 1962; played in six world championship games, winning Super Bowl rings in 1967 and 1968; had the privilege to play under the great Vince Lombardi 1959-1968, winning league championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967.

Special Recognition:  The Altoona, Wisconsin, High School football field was renamed the Fuzzy Thurston Athletic Field; inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame 1975; inducted into the Valparaiso Hall of Fame in 1997-1998; inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 as the first athlete ever chosen by the people of Wisconsin; owns Fuzzy's #63 Bar and Grill in Green Bay.